Azim Premji Body To Reduce Malnutrion In State

Bubaneswar: Dec 21; The Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) has decided to extend its support to Odisha with an objective to achieve reduction of 20-15 percentage points in malnutrition across the State over a period of eight to 10 years.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has green-signalled the project. A high-level committee under the chairmanship of Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan has been formed to monitor and coordinate the programme, said sources.

The initiative is first of its kind in the country in which the APPI would extend its support to a State Government. The APPI aims to spend Rs 300 crore, which is likely to be scaled up in future, said the sources in Department of Women & Child Development.

APPI officials, including WIPRO chief Azim Premji, would visit the State and the APPI and the State Government would sign an MoU here on Monday in this regard.

The APPI would improve the ICDS system, set up departmental convergence mechanisms and increase the technical, knowledge, resource and management capacity of the various administrative systems.

This collaborative initiative would also take care of institutionalising a multi-sectoral approach to nutrition, setting up institutional structures, community empowerment for increased accountability and better delivery of services and inter-sectoral convergence at all levels.

In the area of nutrition, Odisha is the first State that APPI would like to invest in and work along with the Government, NGOs and other stakeholders to reduce malnutrition.

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