It’s not yet mission accomplished on the Centre’s Poshan Abhiyaan
While some improvement has been made by the country, efforts to ensure nutritional security are more important than ever
It’s been three years since the Government of India launched the Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition, or Poshan Abhiyaan . The goal was to improve the nutritional status of children and adolescent girls, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers. The urgency was evident as a clear time-frame of three years was set, and five indicators—prevalence of low birthweight, stunting, underweight and anaemia among children and women—were identified for substantial improvement. The government showed its commitment by putting money where its mouth was; it allocated ₹9,046.17 crore for the mission.