Governor tackles malnutrition issues
Mumbai- Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao has issued a notification to strengthen the provision of the National Food Security Act that provides for distribution of nutritional supplements to infants and pregnant as well as lactating mothers in Scheduled Areas. The governor's notification issues instructions for increasing the nutrition value of food which is given to children aged between seven months and 6 years, pregnant and lactating women. This has been done in order to counter the increasing incidence of malnutrition. Children will be provided with eggs four times a week and cooked food will be provided to pregnant and lactating women once a week. As per the National Food Security Act 2013, henceforth, instead of the term ‘food’, ‘warm cooked food’ will be used. Also, children who can not have eggs, will be provided with optional food which has the same nutritional value.