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Ministry of Women and Child Development launched Multi Sectoral Nutrition Programme

Jan 27, 2014 16:22 IST

Ministry of Women and Child Development launched the Multi Sectoral Nutrition Programme (MSNP) and Nutrition Resource Platform (NRP) on 24 January 2014.

Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Programme

Multi -Sectoral Nutrition Programme (MSNP) aims to bring inter-sectoral convergence and coherence in policy, planning and action.

It focuses on both direct interventions and indirect interventions for maternal and child under-nutrition which will provide a continuum of care and follow a life cycle approach.

The programme will be implemented as a special intervention in 200 high burden districts spread over 19 States. In the current financial year it will be launched in 100 districts.

Nutrition Resource Platform


NRP aims to collect, collate and make available resources and material on nutrition and child development to various stake holders.

NRP is an interactive knowledge resource base which facilitates real quick time interaction, exchange of ideas, discussions between Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and other stakeholders.

NRP is functional at National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD). It is a virtual repository with the support of Food and Nutrition Board and NIC.

The NRP is an e-platform and is a valuable source of information.


The child sex ratio in the 0-6 year age group declined steeply from 927 in 2001 to 919 in 2011.The child marriages are still prevalent in the country as 47 % of women in the age 20-24 were married before the age 18.

The problems like gender discrimination, early marriage, undernourishment lead to a cycle of multiple deprivations for girl. To overcome the undernourishment and develop girl child as a national resource government launched MSNP.

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