MoWCD released Guidelines for ‘Saksham Anganwadi & Poshan 2.0′

Recently, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) released operational guidelines to implement ‘Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0′ scheme. Central government has approved the scheme for implementation during 2021-22 to 2025-26, that is; the period of 15th Finance Commission.

Important features of the Scheme include;

  • Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 is an Integrated Nutrition Support Programme.
  • The scheme aims to address the challenges of malnutrition among pregnant women & lactating mothers, children, adolescent girls, by bringing in a strategic shift in nutrition content and delivery.
  • Under the program, a convergent eco-system will be created to develop and promote practices nurturing health, wellness and immunity.
  • To address gaps and shortcomings in on-going nutrition program, as well as to improve implementation and accelerate improvement in nutrition & child development outcomes, components of existing scheme have been re-organized into:
  1. Nutrition Support for POSHAN through Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) for children aged 6 months-6 years, pregnant women & lactating mothers and Adolescent Girls aged 14-18 years across Aspirational districts and NER.
  2. Early Childhood Care and Education for children aged 3-6 years and early stimulation for children aged 0-3 years.
  3. Anganwadi Infrastructure, comprising of modern & upgraded Saksham Anganwadi
  4. Poshan Abhiyaan

Poshan 2.0:

Poshan 2.0 scheme seeks to;

  • Contribute to human capital development in India.
  • Address challenges of malnutrition.
  • Promote nutrition awareness and good eating habits to attain sustainable health and wellbeing
  • Address nutrition related deficiencies.

This scheme focuses on Maternal Nutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding Norms.



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