NDDB to Implement “Giftmilk” Scheme to Improve Child Nutrition
Government has approved a proposal for setting up an Institution for promotion of nutrition through milk/milk products (especially for children) utilizing Corporate Social Responsibility funds of NDDB’s subsidiaries and other voluntary donation. Subsequently , NDDB registered a trust/ society known as ‘NDDB Foundation for Nutrition’(NFN) to implement this initiative known as “Giftmilk” to improve child nutrition thought consumption of milk & milk products by providing milk free of cost. The supply of milk / milk product would be facilitated through dairy cooperatives only. NFN is currently implementing the “Giftmilk” imitative in 3 schools -2 in Delhi & 1 in Telangana, which have a total enrolment of about 3100 students. Till now about 1,20,000 packets of flavored milk have been distributed . The “Giftmilk” is presently supported by NDDB’s subsidiaries who have contributed fro their CSR commitment.
The NFN has been registered on 9 October 2015 in Gujarat under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and Bombay Public Trust Act,1950. Further, NFN has been granted approved u/s 80G (5) of the Income Tax Act 1961.
NDDB is extending financial and technical support to dairy cooperatives. NDDB is implementing National Dairy Plan phase-1(NDP-1), a central sector scheme of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India to increase milk production in the country.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat in Lok Sabha today.