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Present a picture of child and women nutrition in India. Discuss the schemes introduced in this direction and also suggest measures to ensure Poshanabhiyan targets are realized.

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.

3. Present a picture of child and women nutrition in India. Discuss the schemes introduced in this direction and also suggest measures to ensure Poshanabhiyan targets are realized. (250 words)

Reference: pib.gov.in

Why the question:

September month is celebrated as Rashtriya PoshanMaah each year under POSHAN Abhiyaan (PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment), which was launched in 2018.

Key Demand of the question:

The question is straightforward; one must present a detailed picture of child and women nutrition in India and discuss the schemes in this direction with measures to improvise the achievement of Poshanabhiyan targets.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with key statistics discussing women and child health position in the country.

Body:

Explain the importance of improving awareness regarding nutrition will go a long way in improving lives of vulnerable sections.

Also called as the National Nutrition Mission, it is Government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

There isn’t much to deliberate here, the points are straightforward and need elaboration.

Discuss the efforts of the government in this direction and suggest measures.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.