- NNM is an apex body under Ministry of Women and Child Development
- It will monitor, supervise, fix targets and guide nutrition related interventions across the Ministries.
- It will monitor various schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition.
- There are number of schemes directly and indirectly affecting nutritional status of children (0-6 years age) and pregnant women and lactating mothers.
- Inspite of these, level of malnutrition and related problems in country is high.
- There are number of schemes but there is lack in creating synergy and linking between schemes to achieve common goal.
- NNM through robust convergence mechanism and other components will strive to create synergy.
Function of NNM
- Introducing a very robust convergence mechanism including ICT based Real Time Monitoring system.
- It will incentivize states/UTs for meeting the targets.
- It will also incentivize Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) for using IT based tools. It will eliminate registers used by AWWs.
- It will introduce measurement of height of children at the Anganwadi Centres (AWCs).
- It will aid to conduct Social Audits.
- It will set-up Nutrition Resource Centres, involving masses through Jan Andolan for their participation on nutrition through various activities, among others.
Implementation strategy and targets
- It will be rolled out in three phases from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
- It will set targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia among young children, women and adolescent girls and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively.
- Its implementation strategy will be based on intense monitoring and Convergence Action Plan right upto grass root level.
- Though NMM has set target to reduce stunting is atleast 2% per annum, but it will strive to achieve reduction in stunting to 25% by 2022 (Mission 25 by 2022) from 38.4% (NFHS-4).