Responsibility of nutritional food to women self help groups
In a meeting of the Cabinet held at Mantralaya under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, decision was taken regarding withdrawing the work of management of 7 nutritional food plants of the state from M.P Agro Industries Development Corporation Ltd. and handing it over to the federations of women self-help groups formed under Madhya Pradesh State Livelihood Forum. The order regarding the decision passed in the Cabinet will be issued by the Panchayat and Rural Development Department.
It may be noted that in March 2018, the Madhya Pradesh government had taken the decision to set up 7 THR plants in the state’s Anganwadis for pregnant / lactating mothers, children of 6 months to 3 years of age and adolescent girls by federations of self-help groups. In view of the above decision, plants were set up at Dewas, Dhar, Hoshangabad, Mandla, Sagar, Shivpuri and Rewa. Ready to eat take home ration (THR) is being provided from all these plants (except the districts of Bhopal division) in all other districts of the state. THR production and delivery work was entrusted to confederations of women self-help groups formed by the State Livelihood Forum. Many women self-help groups and their federations are associated with the plants. Along with providing direct employment in the necessary works of the plants, their participation in the dividend of the plants has also been ensured.