The PM Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet on Friday approved the setting up of National Nutrition Mission with a three year budget of Rs 9,046.17 crore starting from 2017-2018. In a briefing by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and Health Minister J P Nadda declared the setting up of the nutrition mission. The National Nutrition Mission will serve as an apex body and will monitor, supervise, fix targets and guide the nutrition-related interventions across ministries. The Mission as a body will strive to reduce the stunting, undernutrition, low birth weight-babies and anemia among girls and women. The three-fold approach set up by NNM to curb malnutrition are – provide nutritious food, check quality of delivery and monitor systems across states and ministries.

The National Nutrition Mission will be rolled out in 315 high-burden districts immediately. 235 districts in 2018-2019 and the rest in 2019-2020. The NNM will operate through coordinated effort put by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in association with the Ministry of health and family Welfare and the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Minister Nadda further said that ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi workers will work together as part of the intervention strategies under National Nutrition Mission to address malnutrition issues. The ICT enabled Real Time Monitoring will track growth of children, daily attendance at Anganwadi, delivery of services and immunisation of children.