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Suggestion to punish parents -Basant Kumar Mohanty

education. The panel, headed by junior HRD minister Satya Pal Singh, recommended universalisation of pre-primary education for children below six. Under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), children in rural areas go to anganwadi centres where they are involved in some activities. But instructors at such centres are not properly trained in early childhood care and education. The committee said states need to be encouraged to explor

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T.N. children are severely malnourished, says report -Vidya Venkat

l average. Job Zachariah, chief of UNICEF for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, told The Hindu that there was need for a detailed State-level study of this phenomenon as the NFHS data was inadequate, but the ICDS system was currently not equipped to carry out weight-for-height measurements of under-5 children. “Anganwadi workers only identify underweight children, so nobody knows how many SAM children there are. That is why measuring height is crucia

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch nutrition mission -Syed Intishab Ali

cts will be covered in 2018-19 and, in the third phase in 2019-20, the Centre will launch NNM in the rest of the districts. An official of the directorate of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) said, "We have received the administrative guidelines issued by the Centre on NMM for its implementation." NNM will be an externally aided project. It will have the budgetary support (50%) of the government, with the rest (50%) coming f

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Return to Alma Ata -Ritu Priya

ry level, reinforced by the strengths of caring and holism of the nursing profession and the AYUSH systems. The ASHA, the dai with traditional skills and modern hygiene, the re-skilled ANM and the ICDS workers, should together form a multi-skilled team at the village level. The return of the male MPW and the entry of the mid-level provider will strengthen the inter-sectoral collaborations required for health. More doctors have to be inducted into t

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This village knows how to feed its hungry babies -Himanshi Dhawan

975 to 1989. In comparison, India has reduced under-nutrition from 48% in 2005-06 to 38% in 2015-16, according to the National Family Health Survey. The country's Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) is centred around take-home rations with a budget of Rs 2- Rs 5 per child and anganwadi workers who are paid honorariums instead of wages. Many states appear to see the benefit of the programme, but have found it difficult to replicate, admits JS

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Whose development is it anyway? -TK Rajalakshmi and Akshay Deshmane

ldquo;healthiest children” with only 38.77 per cent of them malnourished. It quotes a 2012-13 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report on the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) to claim the State is ranked below five States having highly malnourished children—Bihar (82 per cent), Delhi (50 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (49 per cent), Rajasthan (43 per cent), Haryana (43 per cent). How does the description of the State wi

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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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