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3) India suffers from a huge malnourishment problem, which in turn is related to a number of factors. Discuss the initiatives taken by the government to address the issue.(250 words)

Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

3) India suffers from a huge malnourishment problem, which in turn is related to a number of factors. Discuss the initiatives taken by the government to address the issue.(250 words)

Yojana magazine, May 2018 (Nutrition) issue

 

Why this question

Malnourishment is a multi-dimensional problem and india is home to the largest number of malnourished children. The government has taken various initiatives to address the important dimensions of the problem. The issue is related to GS 2 syllabus under the following heading-

Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

Key demand of the question.

The question simply wants us to discuss the initiatives taken by the government of to address the issue of malnourishment in India. However, we have to discuss the programs/ initiatives in relation to all the dimensions of the problem-health, hygiene, intake, quality etc.

Directive word

Discuss- This is an all-encompassing directive and it directs us to be exhaustive in our approach to the answer. We have to write at length about all the important initiatives taken by the govt to address the multidimensional issue of poverty.

Structure of the answer

Introduction-mention that malnourishment is a multidimensional problem (poverty, undernourished mother, sanitation, lack of awareness etc) and present some statistics about malnourishment in India.

Body

Discuss in points various initiatives taken by the govt to address the issue in all its dimensions. Briefly discuss the aims of those initiatives.

E.g ICDS, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana, Reproductive Child Health RCH-II, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme, Total Sanitation Campaign, National Rural Drinking Water Programme, Mid day Meals, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for the Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG), Kishori Shakti Yojana, NRHM, MNREGS, Skill Development Mission, Women Welfare and Support Programme, Adult Literacy Programme, TPDS, AAY etc.

Conclusion- give your suggestions ( e.g need for coherence and linking together all initiatives, increased spending on health and nutrition etc) and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue.