The government will cover 235 districts in the second phase of its POSHAN Abhiyaan which aims to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia among children, women and adolescent girls along with reducing low birth weight in the country. 

The decision was taken in the first meeting of the National Council on India's Nutrition Challenges under the POSHAN Abhiyaan, chaired by vice chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar in New Delhi yesterday. 

Regarding the direct transfer of funds to

states and UTs to frontline functionaries, instead of the creation of a corpus fund, it was decided that the matter will be examined in consultation with the Finance Ministry. 

During the meeting, it was decided that a pilot project will be conducted in 10 districts for conditional cash transfer (CCT) through direct benefit transfer and the states/UTs would continue their existing system of providing supplementary nutrition under Anganwadi services.

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