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Welcome to the Department of Women Development & Child Welfare



This is a Nutrition Programme for Adolescent Girls (NPAG) – A pilot Project is initiated by the planning commission to provide free food grains to under nourished adolescent girls in 51 identified districts in the country. The Project is being implemented in 2 backward districts i.e., Adilabad and Mahaboobnagar.

The scheme is launched.

a)    To reduce anemia in Adolescent Girls.

b)   To improve nutritional and health status in Adolescent Girls.

c)    To improve body weight in adolescent girls.


v    Under the scheme subsidized food grains i.e., 6 Kgs per month is being provided at free of cost through public distribution system to undernourished adolescent girls whose weight is below 35 Kgs. Selection of beneficiaries is done basing on their weight and regular monitoring on quarterly basis.


Under Nutrition Programme for Adolescent girls, the beneficiaries covered during 2009-10 are 3,71,000. Out of these 60,102 are SCs and 25,970 are STs.    

    The following steps have been taken to reduce malnutrition.

        Providing nutritious food supplements to all the children below 6 years, pregnant and lactating women.

        Vitamin premix is added in the Modified Therapeutic food and in instant food Premixes to the extent of 50% of the recommended Dietary allowance to reduce Micronutrient Malnutrition.

        Monthly Magazines are being supplied to all Anganwadi Centers on topics covering Nutrition, Health & other issues.

        Iodized Salt is being used in Local Food Model where the hot cooked food is supplied to reduce the iodine deficiency disorders. The department has organized workshops from regional level to grass root level to improve the consumption of Iodized Salt. The importance of Iodine intake and its impact on deficiency has been well sensitized in the community to reduce Iodine deficiency.

        Through IEC, AWWs are exposed to Nutrition and Health issues.

        Personal Hygiene practice is being promoted at the AWCs.

        Promotion of Kitchen – Gardening to improve intake of vitamin A and Iron inputs of foods.

        Nutrition and Health education classes also being conducted at AWCs.


Promoting the IYCF feeding practices to improve the Nutritional Status and to reduce the infant deaths.

        Awareness on importance of Health & Nutrition for reducing the Malnutrition level are being regularly conducted by Anganwadi Training Centers & Middle Level Training Centers.

        Infant & Young Child Feeding Practice is built into the Curriculum of ICDS regular job course & Refresher course Trainings.

        Infant & Young Child Feeding Counseling specialists training programme was conducted for 118 MLTC, AWTC instructors & Departmental Officials. In turn they are conducting 3 days training programme for front line workers.

        Promotion of Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices through special events like World Breast Feeding Week, Nutrition Week Celebrations at State Level, District Level & Project Level are also conducted regularly.

        Mother Support Groups – A Forum to improve proper infant and child feeding practices at home. Sensitization of family members individually on the importance of infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF) mainly on breast milk within one hour, exclusive breast feeding for 6 months and appropriate complementary feeding after 6 months while continuing breast feeding for 2 years and beyond are emphasized.

Special Campaign to bring awareness on Health and Nutrition

        Through campaign mode awareness is created among mothers and elders on importance of care during Pregnancy / New Born Care.

        Promotion of institutional deliveries and feeding practices.

        Conducting Samoohika Sreemanthalu, Anna Prasanas and counsel the mothers on importance of feeding practices etc are taken up.

        The House visits are prioritized by AWWs / Supervisors during the most critical periods of the life cycle such as, Pregnant Care, New Born Care etc., and Counseling is done to bring behavioral changes, especially on feeding practices among mothers and elders.


Conducting of Nutrition Health days in Cooperation with Health Department

The Village Health Days are Conducted to identify and enroll the left outs / drop outs, among Children and also to bring transparency and accountability on the services of the Department, and also on SNP, bringing awareness among community to demand for the services of the Dept. This platform is also used to discuss on the difference Government schemes, encouraging Participation of CBOs / MMS during NHDs to increase accountability, and demand for services.