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Malnutrition kills more Indians than any specific disease, yet successive governments pay scant -Rema Nagarajan

poor urgently need such interventions. Successive governments have failed to effectively implement the two largest programmes for addressing malnutrition, the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) to provide nutritional diets to infants, pregnant and nursing mothers, and the Midday Meal Scheme to provide 13 crore schoolchildren hot cooked meals. These are underfunded and depend on millions of contractual workers, mostly women. Please click

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Anganwadi federation seeks clarity on move to replace freshly cooked food

It cited a recent report that quoted a senior ministry official saying that “there is no proposal to discontinue the supplementary nutrition programme under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and replace it with conditional cash transfer”. Another statement issued by the ministry on March 9 stated: “There have also been complaints about the quality of Take Home Rations (THR). Therefore, the government is considering ways t

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The Epidemic of Under Nutrition Haunts India's Cities and Towns -Bodapati Srujana

ly affecting the nutritional status of these families. The results are clear to see in the data above. Undernutrition persists despite the decline in official poverty figures. The poor coverage of ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) in the urban areas, could also be a significant reason behind the dismal nutritional indicators of children in urban areas. Even though urban population constitutes 31% of India’s total population, only 1

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Global Hunger Index: We need significant improvements to dent malnutrition -Dipa Sinha

e problem of malnutrition in the country, it is yet to be seen whether it will be backed up with sufficient funds and resources to strengthen some of the critical programmes for nutrition such as the ICDS. It is unfortunate that the debate has been mainly around proposals to introduce packaged foods or cash transfers to replace decentralised food distribution in anganwadi centres. Such proposals not only favour commercial and vested interests more tha

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India's hunger ranking affected by wasting among children, depicts new report

d 1990-1994 to 38.4 percent during the period 2012-2016. Although the country has scaled up two national programmes that address the issue of nutrition i.e. the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme and the National Health Mission (NHM), adequate coverage under these schemes/ programmes is yet to be achieved. According to the 2017 Global Hunger Index report, the areas of concern include (1) the timely introduction of complementary foo

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Is the Government Planning to Dismantle the ICDS Programme? -Rashme Sehgal

-TheWire.in ICDS plays a vital role in a country which is home to 190 million undernourished people – the highest in the world. Is the government of India planning to dismantle the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme, the world’s largest food security project? The ICDS is a unique outreach programme to meet the nutritiona

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A 'women-centric' approach for gains in nutrition -Malancha Chakrabarty

policies and schemes to reduce undernutrition, there has been a basic flaw in our approach. The discourse on undernutrition in India has been “food-centric” or in recent years, “ICDS centric”. Social determinants of undernutrition have largely been ignored, particularly, the role of women. India needs a more “woman-centric” approach towards tackling undernutrition for it is not food but birth which determi

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Not Doing Away With Hot Meals For Children Under ICDS, Centre Clarifies -Anoo Bhuyan

pment is the nodal ministry for the provision of food, both cooked and uncooked, to infants, children and pregnant and lactating women. This is done through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), which is a centrally-sponsored scheme. The secretary also said, “The Act, as well as various Supreme Court orders, are very clear that self-help groups and mahila mandals are the first choice to provide food to children and women under the

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Maneka Gandhi Clashes With NITI Aayog on Replacing Food With Cash Transfers -Anoo Bhuyan

under-nutrition organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development this week, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said that the government is keen to overhaul the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) and withdraw the provisions of cooked food and rations to children, and pregnant and lactating women, and replace it with cash transfers. She also said the government will shift the focus of the policy from administering food to administering nutrit

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Cost norms revised for nutrition provided at anganwadi centers

2,267 crore for a period from 2017-18 to 2019-20. It would impact the health and nutritional status of about 11 crore beneficiaries per annum under the umbrella Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. This follows the decision by the Government to provide cash benefits to pregnant and lactating mothers under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, and is part of an intensive effort to improve the nutritional status of women and childr

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