Multi-Sectoral Programme To Address Maternal And Child Under-Nutrition

The Union Cabinet on September 24 approved the proposal for implementation of the multi-sectoral programme to address the maternal and child under-nutrition in 200 high burden districts in the 12th Five Year Plan. The multi-sectoral nutrition programme would address the maternal and child malnutrition in 200 high burden districts by bringing together various national programmes through strong institutional, programmatic and operational convergence at the State, District, Block and Village levels.


To bring inter-sectoral convergence and coherence in policy, planning and action with core focus on nutrition by including specific pronutrition and nutrition sensitive actions in different programmes / schemes through intensified and sustainable direct targeted interventions.

  • Prevention and reduction in child undernutrition (underweight prevalence in children under 3 years of age
  • Reduction in levels of anaemia among young children, adolescent girls and women
Scope and Coverage

The programme be implemented as a special intervention in 200 high burden districts phase wise:

First phase (till year-2 of XII plan): 100 districts selected from 8 EAG states and Assam on the basis of undernutrition, anaemia (DLHS-2) and under five mortality rates (AHS)

Second phase (Year-3 onwards): Remaining 100 districts selected from the larger pool of all states/UTs, utilizing available data 2013-14

Selective Approach

Focus would be on covering 50% worst affected blocks within each district approved by the State Nutrition Council with intimation to the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) and Planning Commission. The selection of worst affected blocks within districts would be done by the District Nutrition Council on the basis of the district/block level baseline and / or – findings of any survey / studies on relevant indicators concerning maternal and child undernutrition

Programme component
  • Nutrition Centric planning
  • Nutrition centric sectoral intervention
  • Nutrition centric gap filling support
Proposed Budget

The Multi-sectoral Nutrition Programme would be implemented during the 12th Five Year Plan with a total cost estimates of Rs 1161 crore.

  • Rs 1047 Crore (GoI share); share); Rs 114 Crore (State share)
  • Centre: State cost sharing ratio of 90:10 for all components.
Financial Plan & Budget

Proposed Budget estimates according to phasing plan at different levels:

  • Rs 1 Cr per state per annum for selected bigger States with 15 or more districts
  • Rs 75 lakh per state per annum for selected small States with less than 15 districts
  • Rs 25 lakh per district per annum for selected high burden districts
  • Rs 1 crore per block for the entire plan period irrespective of the phasing This includes technical support and upto Rs 10,000 to Gram Panchayat/ VHSNC (at discretion of District Nutrition Council)
  • Establishment of State/ District Nutrition Councils
  • State/ District/ Block Nutrition Action Plans in place (framework for programmatic convergence)
  • Nutrition focus in sectoral programmes
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