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India slips in human development index

ultidimensional poverty, 54% of them concentrated in South Asia. While poverty fell significantly from 1990 to 2015, inequalities sharpened in the region. South Asia also had the highest levels of Malnutrition in the world, at 38%, and the lowest public health expenditure as a percentage of the GDP (1.6%, 2014). India’s public health expenditure was even lower, at 1.4% of the GDP. However, it did make some gains between 1990 and 2015, improvi

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Why India Needs MNREGA: Evidence From Gujarat -Udayan Rathore

easons. Emerging evidence suggests that MNREGA has been instrumental in making a dent in rural poverty and has assisted in promoting women’s agency. It is also associated with reduced infant Malnutrition and has created assets that are valuable for the community. Despite positive evidence from various parts of the country, the programme continues to receive criticism from different quarters of the current central government. At a parliament B

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Regulator sets up scientific panel on food fortification and nutrition -Sounak Mitra FSSAI says it has set up a scientific panel on ‘food fortification and nutrition’ to help fight Malnutrition in the country New Delhi: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Tuesday said it has set up a scientific panel on “food fortification and nutrition” to help fight Malnutrition in the country. On 2 February, the regulator notified a

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8 months on: Salt, rice mainstay of Nagada villagers

-Orissa Post Kaliapani: Even as eight months have passed since Malnutrition deaths in hilltop Nagada village under Sukinda block in Jajpur district were reported, tribals in this area depend on salt and rice for their survival as benefits of welfare schemes still elude them. The state government was embarrassed after news spread that 22 kids of primitive Juang tribe had died due to alleged Malnutrition More »

Budget bids adieu to welfare state, rue civil rights activists

it “fails to respond to the present situation of distress and unemployment especially aggravated by demonetisation.” “The Budget seems to be perpetuating unemployment, hunger and Malnutrition,” said a release by the Right to Food Campaign (RFC), an umbrella of over 100 civil rights organisations and individuals, citing the example of the mid-day meal budget, which has been increased from Rs. 9,700 crore to Rs. 10,000 crore,

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Determinants of Child Malnutrition in Tribal Areas of Madhya Pradesh -Rajesh Mishra

h; Alirajpur, Barwani and Khandwa—of Madhya Pradesh, based on a sample of 294 women with their last child in the age-group of six months–five years analyses the status and determinants of Malnutrition and child death. Despite certain infant and young child-feeding practices like colostrum feeding and early initiation of breastfeeding, the study finds that a high level of child Malnutrition exist

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Budget 2017 Disappoints, Maternity Benefit Programme Underfunded, Excludes Those Who Need It The Most -Dipa Sinha

a. Based on the data from the Rapid Survey on Children (2013), only 65 per cent of children are exclusively breastfed up to six months of age. Infant and child mortality rates are high as well. Child Malnutrition in India continues to be amongst the highest in the world (38% children under five are stunted). Provision of maternity entitlements is one of the many interventions that are needed to improving maternal child health and nutrition. The Nat

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Fortification plan for food

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Centre has proposed making food fortification mandatory for all staples like rice, wheat flour, edible oil and milk to fight Malnutrition but some experts have urged a cautious approach, warning of hidden costs and unproven health benefits. The Telegraph had reported in January 2016 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pushed the idea of universal fortification - addition of key vitamin and minerals to foods to i

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Child Malnutrition on rise but funding falters -Komal Ganotra

-Down to Earth Almost 40 per cent of India's population is minor but the budget allocated to them is a meagre four per cent of the Union budget It was a mid-winter morning when we first met her at the anganwadi centre of Mai, a small village by the bank of the River Ganga in Bihar’s Munger district. The breakfast session at the anganwadi centre was just over, though some of the children were still busy with the last remains of sattu ki laddu in their dirty hands. Savita Devi, the s

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Drawing up a diet plan -Sonalde Desai

overnment’s decision to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from April, the whole country will be covered by the legislation. However, if we expect the NFSA to improve India’s Malnutrition statistics, we may well be disappointed. According to a study by Himanshu and Abhijit Sen, even before the NFSA is fully implemented, use of the public distribution system (PDS) expanded sharply with proportion of households getting PDS subsi

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