Kids to get free milk powder

The State government has decided to provide half a kilo of milk powder to children in the age group of six months to three years, to prevent malnourishment. The move follows an appeal made by the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) to the government to help it clear outstanding stocks of milk powder and thus overcome its financial crisis.

The principal secretary to the department of Women and Child Development has written to the KMF managing director, asking him to supply the milk powder to be distributed to children through the anganwadis. The milk powder will be delivered at the doorsteps of children aged between six months and two years, who are not enrolled in anganwadis.

The department has entered into an agreement with KMF for the supply of milk powder at Rs 130 per kg, between December 2012 and March 2013. Each child will get 32 gm of milk powder a day, Janardhana Reddy, managing director of the Bellary, Raichur and Koppal District Milk Union Limited, said. It is also providing 42 gram of milk powder per day to girls in the 11-15 age group, starting December 1, in the nine districts where the ‘Sabala’ project is being implemented.

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