The Women and Child Development Ministry has initiated a project by joining hands with the World Bank for providing malnourished children in the country a higher dose of dietary intake.
The project aims at improving the quality of nutrition given to children by increasing the dietary intake of severely malnourished children by 50 per cent and the normal malnourished by 30 per cent.
According to Ministry sources, children are classified as normal malnourished and severely malnourished on the basis of certain health parameters ascertained during their regular check-ups.
There are about 162 districts with high extent of malnourishment in children.
The programme will be implemented through the Ministry’s Integrated Child Development Scheme.
India still has the highest number of underweight children under five in the world.