PM's National Council on India's Nutrition Challenges

1.  The Government has decided to constitute a Prime Minister's National Council on India's Nutrition Challenges for (a) policy direction (b) review and (c) effective coordination between Ministries which all will have a sectoral responsibility for the challenge of nutrition.

2.  The Composition of the Council will be as follows:

Chairman:   Prime Minister


1) Minister of Human Resource Development

2) Minister of Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

3) Minister of Finance

4) Minister of Health and Family Welfare

5) Minister of Women & Child Development

6) Minister of Rural Development

7) Minister of Urban Development

8) Minister of Information & Broadcasting

9) Minister of Panchayati Raj

10) Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

11) Cabinet Secretary

12) Dr. C. Gopalan

13) Dr. Rani Bang, Gadchiroli

14) Mr. Sachin Pilot, MP

15) Dr. Arun Gupta, Breast Feeding Association

16) Dr. Prema Ramachnmlran, Director, Nutrition Foundation of India

17) Dr. Rohini Navyar

18) Principal Secretary to PM - Member Convenor

The Chairman may invite any other Minister/Officer to any meeting of the Council depending upon the context.

The following Secretaries of Ministries concerned would be Special Invitees to the meeting:

1) Secretary, Planning Commission

2) Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution

3) Secretary, Department of Expenditure

4)  Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare

5) Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development

6) Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development

7) Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development

8) Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development

9) Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

10) Secretary, Ministry of Panchayari Raj

3.  Terms of Reference

The Terms of References of the Council could be as follows:

(a) Provide policy directions to address India's nutritional challenges through coordinated  
 inter-sectoral action;

(b) Review programmes for nutrition on a quarterly basis.

4.  The Council will be serviced by the Prime Minister's Office, which may obtain necessary assistance as required from any Ministry/ Department/ Agency of the Government.

Principal Secretary to PM