With the problem of malnourishment in children assuming alarming proportions, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up a State Nutrition Mission to tackle the problem more effectively. The mission will be patterned on the one in Maharashtra with a committee under the Chief Minister overseeing its working.

Simultaneously, the government decided to set up an Information Technology City, the first of its kind in Uttar Pradesh, and a world class cancer institute in the State capital. These will be located in the State-run Chak Ganjaria farm on Sultanpur road.

These decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday.

Giving the details of the proposed State Nutrition Mission, an official spokesman said it would be constituted as a society for a period of three years. The mission’s term could be extended depending on the results. Money for the daily needs and activities of the proposed mission would be made available from a corpus fund of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the spokesman said.

For the effective implementation of the programmes of the State Nutrition Mission, a committee headed by the Chief Minister would be constituted. Ministers of Child Development and Nutrition, Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Rural Development, Food and Civil Supplies, Social Welfare and Panchayat Raj would be the members of the panel. A working committee under the Chief Secretary, an evaluation committee headed by Principal Secretary, Women and Child Welfare Department and an implementation committee under the Director-General, State Nutrition Mission, have also been constituted.

The spokesman said UNICEF’s assistance would be sought by the government for appointing the Director General of the proposed nutrition mission and two advisors at least for a period of three years.

Apart from the IT City and the cancer institute, the cabinet also approved a modern medi-city, an Information Technology Institute, a Administrative Training Institute and a ultra-modern dairy plant.

These would be located in the 846.49 acre Chak Ganjaria farm. The medi-city would house the cancer institute, a super-specialty hospital and a cardiology centre.

A high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary will look into the implementation of the schemes and the Housing and Urban Planning Department will function as the nodal agency. The development of infrastructure at the site has been assigned to Lucknow Development Authority, which will also build houses for the economically weaker sections and low income groups.

  • It will be similar to the one in Maharashtra with a panel under the CM overseeing its working

  • Information Technology City, and world class cancer institute too coming in State capital