The Delhi government recently announced that it will carry on doorstep delivery of Supplementary Nutrition Food (SNF) for women and children. The Women and Child Development department of the Delhi government will collaborate with 10,000 Anganwadi centers to supply SNF to women and children across Delhi. This scheme is supposed to benefit approximately five lakh beneficiaries.

On Wednesday, Delhi Women and Child Development Minister, Rajendra Pal Gautam, held a review meeting with the senior officials in this regard. “The distribution will be done on fixed weekdays every fortnight and the existing system of giving THR (Take Home Ration) entitlement of 13 days for every fortnight will continue,” he said, New Indian Express reported.

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The Package

The government has decided to deliver a package of the essentials for women and children respectively. The constituents of the package include wheat Dalia plain (1,300 gm), black chana raw (260 gm), jaggery (130 gm) and roasted black gram (130 gm) for children and wheat Dalia plain (1,690 gm), black chana raw (260 gm), jaggery (130 gm) and roasted black gram (130 gm), given for pregnant and lactating women respectively.

The distributors are directed to practice the judicious distribution of the ration. “All Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) are instructed to ensure that SNF in the proper packages is received at Anganwadi centers in advance as per the fixed schedule. All district officers and CDPOs shall submit the required certificate regarding checking of stock of a requisite number of the centers one day prior to distribution as per the fixed schedule,” the minister added.

According to the Global Nutrition Report 2020, 37.9 percent of children under five years are stunted and 20.8 percent are wasted in India. Besides, the report added that stunting prevalence is 10.1 percent higher in rural areas as compared to the urban areas. With the COVID-19 lockdown and Delhi being one of the most affected by the novel coronavirus, access to basic necessities has come to a halt, especially for the underprivileged sections of the society.

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