The Government accords priority to the issue of nutrition, particularly in respect of children, adolescent and women of poorer sections of the society including tribal population and has been implementing several schemes/programmes of various Ministries/Departments through State Governments/UTs. These schemes, interalia, include Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) of Ministry of Women and Child Development, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Mid Day Meals Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Drinking Water & Total Sanitation Campaign of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Targeted Public Distribution System of Department of Food & Public Distribution etc. In addition Ministry of Tribal Affairs is supporting growing and consumption of traditional minor millets, kitchen garden, consumption of greens and other traditional foods, backyard poultry, fisheries, etc.
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs through regional consultations and its meetings has advocated and supported growing and consumption of traditional minor millets, green leafy and traditional vegetable in Kitchen Garden, rearing backyard poultry and fishery. In addition, it has supported construction of Toilets; hygiene habits amongst school children; use of recyclable material to reduce pollution; Iron Folic Acid supplement and De-worming of children. The Ministry has also initiated documentation of Tribal Crops and Food; Tribal Medicine and practices to improve Health and Nutrition issues.
This information was given by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.