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What is the News?
NITI Aayog and World Food Program have released a report titled ‘Take Home Ration-Good Practices across the State/Union Territories’.
What is the purpose of the report?
The report presents a set of good and innovative practices adopted in the implementation of the Take Home Ration value chain by the States and UTs.
What is Take Home Ration(THR)?
To ensure basic nutrition, health, better work potential and productivity, the Government of India has launched several schemes. One such scheme is the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
Under ICDS, there is a Supplementary Nutrition Programme(SNP) component that aims to fill the gap in nutrition amongst children under six years of age as well as pregnant and lactating women.
SNP is delivered through two modalities – Hot-Cooked Meal at Anganwadi Centers and Take-Home Ration(THR).
The THR module aims to provide supplementary food products to children aged 6 to 36 months and to pregnant and lactating women for use in their homes.
Note: The THR programme takes up a major share of the ICDS budget of the Central and State Governments annually
What are the observations made by the report on Take Home Ration component?
The entire THR value chain must ensure quality, transparency, and efficiency. For this, all components of the THR value chain need to function at optimum.
This requires building a robust system for procurement, supply chain management and monitoring that ensures complete transparency, standardized process, sustainability, full coverage, leverages local ties, fosters a culture of collaboration and builds trust within a community.
These measures will help improve THR access in rural areas, enhance community ownership and promote income-generating activities and female empowerment.
Source: The post is based on the article “NITI Aayog and World Food Program Releases Report – Take Home Ration: Good Practices across the State/Union Territories” published in PIB on 30th June 2022