Under NPAG, all under-nourished adolescent girls, falling in the age group of 11 to 19 years, as identified by body weight would be covered, irrespective of financial status of the family to which they belong.
Free food-grains of 6 kg per beneficiary per month, at below poverty lines (BPL) rates, would be provided to the beneficiaries.
For identification of the beneficiaries, two cut off weights -- 30 kg for those below 15 years of age and 35 kg for over 15 years of age would be used.
Besides free food-grains, the identified girls are also to be provided, if required, services like Nutrition and Health Education for them and their families, and Regular Health check-up and referral services.
With the implementation of this project, the nutritional status of the adolescent girls in the selected districts is expected to improve.
The pilot project was launched by the Planning Commission in 2002.