Speaker asks WCD minister to prepare diet chart for pregnantwomen

New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla onFriday asked Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Iranito prepare a diet chart for pregnant women and provide it toall members for circulation in their respectiveconstituencies.

'We should make a collective effort to end malnutritionin the country. If we can create a mass movement to endmalnutrition in the country...I hope it will be eradicated bythe last session of this (17th) Lok Sabha,' he said duringQuestion Hour.

He also expected that all MPs will spread mass awarenesson this issue in their respective constituencies.

'The minister should make a region-specific diet chartfor pregnant women and circulate this to MPs and a collectiveeffort be made in this regard,' he said.

In a reply to a question, Irani said quality of food ismore important than quantity.

'It is an illusion that malnourishment is only limited topoor families or tribal areas. It is across the country,' shesaid.

It has been reflected by the NITI Aayog data, she said,adding only 9 per cent of the population is getting right kindof nourishing food. PTI DPDV DV