Cabinet Gives Nod To Signing Of MoC Between WCD And Gates Foundation

MoC Between Women Child Development Ministry Gates Foundation
Children of 0-6 years age, pregnant women and lactating mothers would be the ultimate beneficiaries. (Representational Image)

NEW DELHI: The government today gave the nod to the signing of a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) between Women & Child Development Ministry and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for real-time monitoring of Integrated Child Development Services and related matters.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave approval to the proposal which, when executed, will enable officials in timely intervention to ensure proper service delivery, an official statement said.

It will also help put in place a shared national communication campaign, communications strategy and guidelines, customising communications, products and material to local contexts along with developing plans for their large-scale dissemination.

Technical support through high-quality technical teams of nutrition experts will also be provided with the MoC, it said.

The phase-I of Integrated Child Development Services Systems Strengthening & Nutrition Improvement Program (ISSNIP) will roll out Information and Communication Technology-enabled Real Time Monitoring (ICT-RTM) through one lakh Anganwadi centers in 162 high burden districts of eight states.

The states include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Children of 0-6 years age, pregnant women and lactating mothers would be the ultimate beneficiaries, it said.

The foundation would provide technical support at the national and state level for strengthening their capacities to deliver nutrition especially during pre-conception, pregnancy and first two years of life.

The statement noted that there is no financial implication on the part of the ministry and the common application software will be developed by the foundation with the support of their partners and would be made available to it free of cost.