Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert
While implementing the Mid Day Meal Scheme, there should be no difference on the issue of whether the child is in a government school or not.
The Odisha government has launched several schemes, like the Millets Mission and Iron Plus Initiative, to boost nutrition among the people, especially children and the tribal population, and the state must work to ensure that none is left out from the Poshan Abhiyaan, an expert has said.
Ranglal Jamuda, Chairperson, Odisha State Food Commission, said while implementing the schemes at the level of Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the Anganwadi Centres, one should ensure that every child is covered.
“While implementing the Mid Day Meal Scheme, there should be no difference in the matter of whether the child is in a government school or not. There is also no system to find out who needs a normal dose of nutrients and who needs a double dose,” Jamuda said at a recent Agri-Nutrition event here.
He said the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) visits the homes of villagers once a month under the Village Health Nutrition Day (VHND) and attends to pregnant women and lactating mothers to provide iron and folic acid supplements, but the adolescent girls - who are the future mothers - get left out.
He outlined that under the National Food Security Act 2013, three important schemes, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the ICDS, are being implemented and being monitored by the Commission. The TPDS has 80 percent coverage in Odisha, while the MDMS is restricted to government-run schools and children in other schools are not covered. The MDMS is also implemented till Class 8, and the rest of the children are left out, he pointed out.
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Outlook India, 8 April, 2019, https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-odisha-has-several-good-schemes-to-boost-nutrition-but-govt-must-ensure-none-is-left-out-expert/328336