Chandigarh, Jan 1 (UNI) The Haryana government today gave a New Year gift to about 11 lakh children below six years of age and three lakh pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls in the state by increasing the allowance for their supplementary nutrition.
Haryana Social Welfare Minister Kartar Devi today said the rates for providing supplementary nutrition for children have been increased from Rs two per day to Rs three per day per beneficiary.
In case of pregnant and nursing women and adolescents girls these rates have been doubled to Rs five per day.
With this enhancement, she said, the allowance for supplementary nutrition of children, pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls had become the highest in the country.
She said supplementary nutrition was the major service being provided under the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme (ICDS).
Ms Kartar Devi said the programme for providing supplementary nutrition through Women Self Help Groups would be formally launched on January 3 at village Rasoi in Sonepat district.
The Minister said as a major initiative to empower women in the state, it had also been decided to dispense with the existing centralised system of procuring food items for the beneficiaries of ICDS and to entrust the responsibility of preparation of food items to Women Self Groups or Mother's Groups to generate employment for them.
The scheme would generate employment for 75,000 women in the state. These Self Help Groups would function under the overall supervision of Women Committees set up in every village for the development of women and children. These committees have been notified as sub-committees of Gram Panchayats.