Nutrition and Food Security
- The budget outlays for nutrition (both nutrition specific and sensitive interventions) increased from Rs. 3,09,272 crore in 2017-18 (RE) to Rs. 3,45,238 crore in 2018-19 (BE). However, the outlays remain at 1.8 percent of GDP.
- Compared to 2017-18 (RE), there has been an absolute reduction in allocations for the following schemes: Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), National Health Mission (NHM), National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), and Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
- There has been a consistent decline in fund utilised under Anganwadi services (or ICDS) schemes, from Rs. 16,683 crore in 2014-15 to Rs. 14,736 crore in 2016-17.
- The five important ministries for delivering nutrition related services, incurred expenditure much below the projected levels during 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) period.