Malnutrition and Stunting in Odisha Can Be Contained in Near Future: Chief Secy 

Bhubaneswar: Malnutrition and stunting in Odisha can be contained in near future, said Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said here on Tuesday.

Addressing the National Level Conclave on Childhood Stunting in India being held in Bhubaneswar, the Chief Secretary said, “Odisha is the first State to introduce a separate nutrition budget.”

The State Government is now spending on social sector targeting health, education, nutrition and sanitation. With around 96.5 lakh families covered under food security programme, 75 000 AWCs actively involved in supplementary nutrition & take home ration being carried through WSHGs, he said.

Mid Day Meal being served in 55000 schools with active participation of WSHGs, Ahara Kendras in urban bodies, fortified rice and millets being introduced in PDS and supplementary nutrition; Odisha is all set for targeted reduction in stunting and malnutrition, the Chief Secretary added.

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