NOURISH TO FLOURISH:REDUCE MALNUTRITION
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition is
the gravest single threat to global public health.
Malnutrition can also be defined as the insufficient, excessive or
imbalanced consumption of nutrients. Several different
disorders may develop, depending on which nutrients are
lacking or consumed in excess.
A 2012 report published by the Food and Agricultural Organization
(FAO) estimates that iron and iodine deficiencies amongst the
Indian population result in productivity loss equivalent to 2.95% of
the country’s GDP.
In 1995, the government launched the Mid-day Meal
Scheme through the National Program of Nutritional
Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) which was
universalized in 2001 by the Supreme Court.
LURE THE DEFECTS OF MID-DAY MEAL SCHEME
About 23 children died after eating a free mid-
day meal at their school in Bihar's Chhapra district
on July 16, 2013. A high-level inquiry set up by
the Bihar ...
FOOD SECURITY BILL
In 2013, the government introduced the Food Security Ordinance
which aims to mitigate hunger. However, its ability to tackle
malnourishment is being highly contested. Hence, a combination of
innovative and plausible solutions is required to tackle this
Take the highly contested Food Security Bill, championed by Sonia
Gandhi, leader of the ruling party and majority alliance in India’s
parliament. The proposed landmark bill guarantees subsidized food
to two-thirds of 1.2 the billion people who live in India, making it
the largest experiment in food security worldwide. It obligates the
Indian government to procure and distribute subsidized grains to
approximately 800 million people, including 50 percent of urban-
dwelling Indians and 75 percent of those living in rural areas.
Under the proposed legislation, the government will provide 5kg of
grain per person on a monthly basis at set prices for kilograms of
rice, wheat, and millet.