Govt's Poshan Abhiyaan can take lessons on social accountability from MGNREGA -K Anuradha

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published Published on Oct 23, 2019   modified Modified on Oct 23, 2019

Another approach to improving citizen engagement could be through community platforms like Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and gram sabhas. The Poshan Abhiyaan intends to do this, but lacks how these platforms reinforce accountability.

We are a nation that carries 23.8% of the global burden of malnutrition, with a total of 195.9 million under-nourished people. But it is reassuring that the government is committed to tackle malnutrition on a war footing with the highest political will, from the Prime Minister himself.

In the recently concluded Parliament session, Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani emphasised that several ministries and the Niti Aayog are working in tandem to reduce malnutrition in India under the Poshan Abhiyaan. The mission is ambitious and result-oriented, with an objective to achieve reduction in stunting by 25% by 2025 -- this would mean a 2% reduction per annum.

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