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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

-OutlookIndia.com While implementing the Mid Day Meal Scheme, there should be no difference on the issue of whether the child is in a government school or not. The Odisha government has launched several schemes, like the Millets Mission and Iron Plus Initiative, to boost nutrition among the people, especially children and the tribal population, and the state must work to ensure that none is left out from the Poshan Abhiyaan, an...

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Dr. Hameed Nuru, World Food Programme Country Director, interviewed by Soma Basu (The Hindu)

-The Hindu Malnutrition is a complex problem and results from not getting enough food to not getting the right kind of food, says the United Nations WFP (India) Country Director Even with the world's largest subsidised food distribution systems serving 65 million poor families across the country, India continues to be home to a quarter of all malnourished people worldwide. In view of the incredible challenge of improving nutrition for all people...

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States should spend more on nutrition -Malancha Chakrabarty

-Livemint.com Greater fiscal autonomy has not yet translated into higher spending on nutrition by states Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said, “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Sadly, hunger and undernutrition continue to plague our country. India’s record in addressing undernutrition is abysmal. With a stunting rate of 38.4%, India accounts for about a third of the world’s stunted...

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Aadhaar linked to mid-day meal: Why put the burden on children? -Kiran Bhatty and Dipa Sinha

-Hindustan Times The last few weeks have seen a spate of government notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for receiving the benefits of government programmes. The most recent orders relate to an Aadhaar requirement for children to access schools (even under their fundamental right to education), mid-day meals, supplementary nutrition (ICDS) and scholarships. These directives raise a number of ethical as well as practical questions, besides violating children’s right to education, nutrition and...

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Mid-day meal and housing schemes might get a facelift -Mayank Mishra

-Business Standard A recent report suggests different ways to eliminate poverty and argues that accelerated growth is the most suitable medicine to reduce incidence of poverty Adding some and modifying some others is how the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is planning to go about its welfare programmes in the coming days. While the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is likely to be extended to some private schools, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural...

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