Meghna Paul & Avani Kapur
POSHAN Abhiyaan is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship scheme that aims to holistically address the prevalence of malnutrition in India through the use of technology, convergence, behavioural change, training, and capacity building. In Budget 2021-22, the scheme has been combined with ICDS and relaunched as Saksham Anganwadi and POSHAN 2.0. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this brief uses government data to report on the following:
■ Past trends in GoI allocations, releases, and expenditures, and impact of the pandemic on programme finances;
■ Types and nature of activities conducted under the erstwhile behaviour change component of the programme; and
■ Progress on targets set for nutritional outcomes.