Haryana Government has initiated the process to roll out National Nutrition Mission (NNM) in Haryana and initially, Nuh and Panipat districts have been selected for implementation of National Nutrition Mission. The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has given approval to procure 2198 Growth Monitoring Devices for the anganwari centres of two districts namely Nuh and Panipat at a cost of over Rs 4.44 crore in order to ensure accurate records of weights and height of all the beneficiaries which include pregnant women, lactating mothers, new born babies and children upto six years under National Nutrition Mission.While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Women and Child Development said that these growth monitoring devices included Stadiometer, Infantometer, weighing scales for mother and child and weighing scales for infants. As many as 2198 growth monitoring devices would be procured for 2198 Anganwari Centres for these two districts which included 1150 Anganwari Centres in Nuh and 1098 in Panipat. Approval has also been given for the purchase of 2198 smart phones for Anganwari Workers and 45 tablets for Supervisors.
He said that one of the key activities under NNM is Information and Communication Technology enabled Real Time Monitoring of Anganwari Services. To monitor service delivery through ICT, Common Application Software and IT related assistance is to be provided to the field functionaries. All AWWs are to be equipped with a smart phone for capture of data and lady supervisors with tablet.
He said that in order to ensure accurate records of weights and height of all the beneficiaries which include pregnant women, lactating mothers, new born babies and children upto six years, Growth Monitoring Devices will be procured for all anganwari centres under NNM. Anganwari worker will record the weight every month and height/ length every 3 months through the software application to track underweight, stunting and wasting. The availability of growth monitoring devices are very essential in order to monitor the growth of the beneficiaries and update the information into the ICDS-CAS application.He said that it will incentivise Anganwari workers to use IT based tools. The objective of NNM is to prevent and reduce stunting in children, under nutrition, reduce low birth weight, reduce the prevalence of anaemia in children, adolescent girls and women.