1)Critically examine the implications of providing energy-dense, factory-made nutrient packets as take-home ration under Anganwadi Services Scheme. (250 words)

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Topic – Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

1)Critically examine the implications of providing energy-dense, factory-made nutrient packets as take-home ration under Anganwadi Services Scheme. (250 words)

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why this question

Child nutrition is one of the key development parameter as well as an asset, which translates into human resource. Recently, the idea of providing readymade food under  Anganwadi Services Scheme was forwarded by the minister of Women and Child Development. The idea was however opposed by the top officials from the same ministry. The question is related to GS-2 syllabus under the following heading-

Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

 

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to bring forth the implications, both positive as well as negative arising out of providing energy-dense, factory-made nutrient packets as take-home ration under Anganwadi Services Scheme (ASS).

 

Directive word

Critically examine- we have to get into the details and find out what will be the result of providing readymade food under ASS. After bringing out all the pros and cons of such a measure, we have to form and present our opinion on the issue.

 

Structure of the answer

Introduction-  write about the National Food Security Act, 2013,Schedule II  and the

Supplementary Nutrition (Integrated Child Development Services Scheme) Rules, 2017. Mention that they aim to raise nutritional standards of the food provided. Earlier there were no legal provisions.

Body- divide the body into two main parts.

Discuss in points, the benefits of providing energy dense readymade food under ASS. e.g uniformity of standards, easy monitoring, economy of scale, flexible and able to cater to specific needs etc.

Discuss in points, the cons. E.g risk of commercialization of a critical social responsibility, more prone to corruption, nutritious but not healthy way of eating, undermines the role of other factors which impact our health etc.

Conclusion– give your unbiased, objective and fair opinion on the ultimate acceptability of readymade food under ASS; and then suggest briefly in 1-2 lines, the way forward.