New Delhi: Government today announced launching of an ambitious community-led programme to address pervasive under-nutrition among women and children. "One of the things that we are going to do as part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission-- which is the women self help group promotion mission-- is we are going to now mainstream this nutrition intervention into the self help groups," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said here. He was addressing the launch of `Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition`- a comprehensive set of papers published this month in `The Lancet` that include new estimates, analysis and recommendations on global nutrition. Ramesh said there are ample evidence to show that public systems to address the malnutrition "do not deliver the way they should deliver" and private systems have their own limitations. "But there has been some impact... It has been through an intelligent, community run, community led, community anchored interventions," he said, criticising the "binary public- private dichotomy" existing in the country.
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