Who: Maharashtra Government
What: Approved APJ Abdul Kalam Amrut Yojna
When: 3 November 2015
Why: For pregnant and lactating women
The Maharashtra Government on 3 November 2015 approved a revised scheme, named APJ Abdul Kalam Amrut Yojna, for pregnant and lactating women in the tribal areas of the state.
The scheme aims at providing at least one full hot cooked nutritious food to every pregnant lady and lactating mother.
Main Highlights of Yojna
• The meal will be provided for free.
• The hot cooked meal will take into consideration the beneficiary’s food preference.
• The food will be provided for six months, beginning from third trimester of pregnancy to the three months period after delivery.
• The meal will include pulses, rice, fruits, vegetables and boiled eggs with occasional supply of milk.
• The scheme will benefit over 1.9 lakh women in the first year.
Implementation of the scheme
• The scheme will be rolled out on 15 November 2015.
• The anganwadis workers, the tribal women and the local meal committees will implement the scheme.
• The Women and Child Welfare Department will spend 10 crore rupees in stipend to anganwadi workers.
• The scheme will be executed in 16 districts having tribal population.
• A four-member meal committee will be constituted in every tribal village across 16 districts.
• A woman panchayat member will head the committee, along with two pregnant or lactating mothers and an anganwadi worker.
• The 22 rupees meal will cost the exchequer 75 crore rupees per annum.
The implementation of the Yojna will ensure that the babies benefit during the lactation period which will eventually help in curbing malnutrition among tribal children in the state.