The state government will soon appoint as many as 54,953 nutrition counsellors in anganwadis across the state to help fight malnutrition. The state has around 97,000 anganwadi centres and each of them has two workers. One of them handles teaching and the other helps in providing nutrition supplements. The nutrition counsellor will be the third official.
With the appointment of the third assistant, the nutrition counsellor will concentrate only on nutrition. In the first phase, the Women and Child Development department will appoint the nutrition counsellors in as many as 20 districts, including Mumbai.
It is a centrally-sponsored scheme wherein the central government contributes 90 per cent of the funds and the state has to provide for the rest. The proposal for the scheme will be brought before the cabinet soon. A committee will be appointed under the chief minister to monitor the scheme.
A directorate will be created at the state level and 36 posts will be created for this directorate. “The state has now agreed to grant more funds for procurement of nutrition supplements due to the inflation,” said an official of the Women and Child Development department.