In A representation to various ministries, social activists have opposed the proposal to provide ready-to-use meals to children as the Cabinet gets ready to examine a Rs 51,000-crore child nutrition scheme.
The Women and Child Development Ministry proposes to provide ready-to-use food on pilot basis under the revamped Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
The ministry has recommended that families of children under the age of six should get ready-to-use meals till infrastructure for providing warm cooked meals is provided.
The Right for Food activists including Jean Dreze, Harsh Mander, Mina Swaminathan and Bharati Ali have opposed the proposal, saying without any safeguards, the food wouldn’t do any good to children and women.
The cabinet is expected to consider the matter at its meeting next week.
About 46 per cent of the country’s children below six are malnourished.