Odisha To Have A Special ‘Nutrition Budget’

With the Odisha government introducing a special ‘Nutrition Budget’ in the assembly, the state is expected to intensify its battle against malnutrition and under-nutrition. This dedicated fund will help in channelizing nutrition-centric schemes and programs, analyzing its impact on the nutrition front besides achieving a significant reduction in the level of stunting, and undernourishment through collective efforts of multiple departments.

“Several innovative schemes and programs have been designed to achieve the desired outcome. The Nutrition Budget is an important tool to help the key departments in incorporating nutritional outcomes as one of the important components within various schemes, programs and policies”, said Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari while presenting the budget for 2020-21 fiscal year. This year, there’s been an increase in nutrition-based funding under different schemes from Rs 3999.08 crore during 2018-19 to Rs 5210.29 crore in 2020-21.

Of all nutrition based schemes, 12 have been identified as nutrition-specific, while 84 are identified as nutrition-sensitive. The Department of Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti takes the major portion of nutrition-specific schemes for children and women related expenditure, followed by the Department of Food Security and Consumer Welfare.

“The State Government has undertaken strategic measures to combat malnutrition through adequate provisions in the Nutrition Budget, which as a tool, will help translate commitment on the nutrition front to budgetary commitments. It will also help in achieving key Sustainable Development Goals such as reduction of hunger and improvement in nutrition outcomes”, said Pujari.