Haryana allocats Rs 143 cr for child care schemes

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Chandigarh, Sep 5 (UNI) The Haryana government has allocated a sum of over Rs 143.75 crore for the current financial year to implement various child care schemes under the Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS).

A sum of Rs 37.48 crore had been spent on supplementary nutrition programme upto July, Women and Child Development Minister Kartar Devi said today.

Various schemes for improvement in nutritional status of women and children were being implemented in the state, she said.

The schemes of District Level Awards for Improvement in Nutritional Status, Improving Infant and Young Child Feeding, Best Mother Award, Nutritional Programme for Adolescent Girls and Supplementary Nutritional Programme under ICDS were some of the programmes implemented by the Women and Child Development Department, which were mainly focussed on nutritional needs of women and children.

She said that the department was also generating awareness regarding need for cheap nutritious food for children and mothers at grass root level through Village Level Committees (VLCs) and Sakshar Mahila Samohs (SMSs) in the state.

She said that National Nutrition Week was being celebrated from September 1 to 7 in the State. The main objective of celebrating this week was to create awareness among the people especially among mothers regarding the problem of malnutrition, hygiene, deficiency of micronutrients like Iron, Folic Acid, Vitamin-A, Zinc and Iodine in food intake.

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