To ensure availability of better nutrition for children at grassroots level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted 202 Supplementary Nutrition Manufacturing Units to UP. These units will be working under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)
The foundation stone for these units was laid on Tuesday at a ceremony in Prayagraj. The cost of each of these units is estimated at Rs 1 crore, with the total cost of the project being estimated at over Rs 200 crores. These units will be funded by rural women through the Self Help groups (SHG) would directly employ 4,000 SHG members and benefit 60,600 SHGs by paying against their equity contribution.
These units will supply Supplementary Nutrition under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in 600 blocks out of 826 blocks in UP, providing the annual business opportunity of Rs 5,000 crores.
These units will have a direct impact on the agri sector too, as by ensuring quality products and sourcing of raw material locally, it will improve farmers’ income. This will completely stop the leakages which existed in the earlier model in which manufacturing and supply were done in a centralized manner by one or two industrial houses.
The State is already running two pilot projects, established with the help of the World Food Programme. The SHG members running these units are being paid Rs 8,000 per month as wages.