States, UTs have used only 16% of allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan till February, reveal minutes of national council meeting

It aims to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years from 38.4 percent to 25 percent by 2022

Press Trust of India August 18, 2019 18:39:55 IST
States, UTs have used only 16% of allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan till February, reveal minutes of national council meeting
  • States and Union territories have utilised just 16 percent of the allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan

  • NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has expressed concern over the 'dismal' utilisation of funds

  • It aims to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years from 38.4 percent to 25 percent by 2022

New Delhi: States and Union territories have utilised just 16 percent of the allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan or the National Nutrition Mission till February, according to the minutes of a meeting.

States UTs have used only 16 of allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan till February reveal minutes of national council meeting

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At the fourth national council meeting in February, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has expressed concern over the "dismal" utilisation of funds for the Poshan Abhiyaan by the states and Union territories, according to minutes of the executive committee meeting of the mission in June.

The Poshan Abhiyaan, also called the National Nutrition Mission, aims to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years from 38.4 percent to 25 percent by 2022, it said. In the February meeting, Kumar pointed out that 16 percent utilisation of allocated resources was "not acceptable" at this juncture. He directed that states and Union territories should utilise the funds proportionately under all the activities of the nutrition mission, it said.

After the February meeting, instructions have been issued by the WCD Ministry and being followed up regularly, it said. "The full utilization plan to be shared with NITI Aayog by the Women and Child Development Ministry on (a) monthly basis."

The Women and Child Development Ministry has also expressed concern over the slow rollout of different activities under the Poshan Abhiyaan, and urged states and Union territories to ensure targets are achieved.

WCD Secretary Rabindra Panwar has urged states to ensure timely utilisation of funds allocated to them as most states had poor utilisation in the 2018-19 fiscal year. He also asked the states and Union territories that they were required to carry out a detailed review, assessment and gap analysis on an urgent basis of the scheme, according to the minutes of the June meeting.

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