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Energy Rich Food to Children under ICDS

Energy Rich Food to Children under ICDS

The supplementary nutrition under ICDS Programme is served to the beneficiaries as per the revised nutritional and feeding norms for supplementary nutrition issued on 24.2.2009. These norms provide for exclusive breastfeeding for children in age group of 0-6 months, Take Home Ration (THR) in the form of Micronutrient Fortified Food and/or energy-dense food for children in the age group of 6 months to 3 years and Pregnant & Lactating Mothers, morning snack in the form of milk/banana/seasonal fruits etc. and a Hot Cooked Meal for children in the age group of 3-6 years.

The supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) is one of the services provided under ICDS Scheme. From 2005-06, funds are released to the States/UTs for implementation of this programme on a cost sharing ratio of 50:50 except for NER where it is 90:10. During the years 2010-2013, a sum of Rs.1026245.80 lakh, Rs.1117615.07 lakh and Rs.1183004.84 lakh (including 50% GOI share) was incurred by the States/UTs on supplementary nutrition to the ICDS beneficiaries.

The Supplementary Nutrition Programme under ICDS has become a legal entitlement under the National Food Security Act. Section 4, 5 and 6 of the National Food Security Act 2013 are relevant in this regard.

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.