No cash transfer in lieu of food rations: Centre to state Govts

 

New Delhi, Feb 22: The Centre will not offer money to beneficiaries in place of take-home rations provided at anganwadis as proposed earlier, state Governments have been told.
The Government’s think-tank NITI Aayog in its national nutrition strategy had recommended initiating pilot schemes in a few districts to test if cash transfers could replace the provision of take-home rations and supplementary nutrition as part of its Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) to plug leakages.
Under the ICDS, the Government provides food, pre-school education and primary health care at anganwadi centres.
As part of the Government scheme, a child between six months and three years of age, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers till six months after delivery, get take-home rations. Children in the 3-6 year age group get hot-cooked meals.
The Centre’s stand on the issue was clarified after Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar sought permission from the Government to start conditional cash transfers.