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How far India goes in achieving its billion-plus dreams will be decided by how well it nourishes its children. Discuss.

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

4. How far India goes in achieving its billion-plus dreams will be decided by how well it nourishes its children. Discuss. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

The question is based on “Thousand days of nutrition, and a billion dreams” which was published in The Hindu. It talks about the linkages between Malnutrition, Covid-19 and POSHAN Abhiyaan. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to discuss the importance of nutrition to Children in the country and throw light upon the dismal picture of malnutrition.

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:

Malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients. It places a burden heavy enough for India, to make it a top national priority.

Body:

Highlight first the vicious Cycle of Poverty and Malnutrition. Quote some statistical data; As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16), 35.7 per cent children below five years are underweight, 38.4 per cent are stunted and 21 per cent are wasted in the country. The indicator Children under 5 years who are underweight (weight-for-age) is one of the composite indicators for child malnutrition.

Malnutrition can be a drain on the potential human resources of India, can have a profound effect on dropout rates, educational outcomes etc. Children who pull through malnutrition find themselves in a very rocky path, in the absence of adequate necessary nutrients, their body parts do not develop to the fullest, including the brain.

Malnutrition can be a drain on the potential human resources of India, can have a profound effect on dropout rates, educational outcomes etc.

Then explain the cost of malnutrition to the society, explain its importance in building nation of a million plus dreams.

Conclusion:

Conclude by suggesting solutions.