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Ministry clarifies on nutrition guidelines

In response to the report titled ‘Maneka Gandhi bypassed, nutrition norms cleared’ (September 09, 2018), the Ministry of Women and Child Development has issued the following clarification:

“The finalisation of Supplementary Nutrition Guidelines is still under the consideration and no final decision has been taken yet. There is no difference of opinion in the matter as to what constitutes supplementary nutrition as the same has been defined under the NFSA. The Nutritional entitlements under the Anganwadi Services Scheme are provided under Section 4, 5 and 6 of NFSA. These are to be governed by the Supplementary Nutrition (SN) Rules as provided under the Section 39 of NFSA. These rules were formulated and modified by the Ministry on 20.02.2017.

The Ministry is proposing to issue detailed guidelines to help the state/district level functionaries in order to ensure that supplementary nutrition is provided to all beneficiaries as per NFSA and SN Rules 2017. Presently, the implementation of Supplementary Nutrition Programme by the States/UTs has to be in accordance with the NFSA 2013, SM Rules 2017 and the Nutrition Norms issued by the Ministry on 24.02.2009. The Supplementary Nutrition guidelines prepared as per the provisions of the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) need the approval of the Minister, WCD ."