The Council of Common Interests (CCI), under the chairmanship of PM Khan, has agreed to launch a project worth Rs.350 billion for the span of the next 5 years to combat malnutrition and stunted growth among the children in Pakistan.
As per reports, Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan also attended the meeting.
According to a press statement by the PM media office, the meeting agreed that fifty percent of the cost to the tune of around 175 billion rupees will be provided by the federal government and equal distribution to be made by the provincial governments.
‘The Tackling Malnutrition Induced Stunting in Pakistan’ project will target 30 percent of the total population of the nation with 15 million women of reproductive age group and 3.9 million children under the age of 2 years through nutrition interventions.
It was agreed that the federal government would offer for nutrition supplementary commodities, capacity building of new & existing healthcare workers, and research & monitoring while the provinces would contribute towards implementation through the involvement of existing Lady Health Workers (LHWs, Community Health Workers, target population identification, program management, institutional arrangement, evaluation, and data sharing.
The CCI considered the request of the KP government for one-time permission to swap/substitute the arrangement of one exploration block with another potential block within the province.