Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh

Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh
Question: Which of the following ministry has launched the scheme called Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh recently?
(a) Ministry of Food Processing Industries
(b) Ministry of Human Resource and Development
(c) Ministry of Women and Child Development
(d) Ministry of Health
Answer: (c)
Related facts:
  • The Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, along with Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK) in New Delhi on November 18 2019.
  • The BPKK will be a repository of diverse crops across 128 agro-climatic zones in India for better nutritional outcomes. It is launched by Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD).

Five-point action plan to make India nutrition secure:

  • On this occasion, eminent agricultural scientist, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, in his address, said that to make India nutrition secure a five-point action programme has to be implemented. These are:
  • Ensure calorie rich diet for women, expectant mothers and children.
  • Ensure intake of proteins in the form of pulses to eradicate protein hunger in women and children
  • Eradicate hidden hunger due to deficiency of micro nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B, Iron and Zinc.
  • Ensure clean drinking water supply.
  • Spreading nutrition literacy in every village particularly in mothers with children less than 100 days’ old.

Initiatives so for to attain the milestone:

  • The Government has created a separate Ministry of Jal Shakti which is now working on providing clean drinking water to every household in the country. In September this year POSHAN Maah was celebrated and in one month 36 million POSHAN related activities were held across the country.
  • The Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana Scheme (PMMVY) has reached out to 10 million beneficiaries by compensating for wage losses and since 2013 maternal mortality rate has come down by 26.9%.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would like to solve in India it is the problem of malnutrition among women, expectant mothers and children.
  • Solving this problem will bring about a dramatic change in the development of India and help the country to attain the SDGs.


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