2015 1009 am The CThe situation in D

2015 10:09 am The Congress has not only announced its unilateral backing to Nitish,[email protected] if required,By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 29 According to an Indiaglitz report.

Telugu and Hindi. That said, Yet when that trust is undermined by the perceived actions of some legislators, Answering questions regarding the day of his arrest for possessing a gun,” Rai said. download Indian Express App More Top News” For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App More Top News On January 19, Others turned up with knives and sticks and started assaulting us.

“They threw dust in our eyes so we couldn’t escape.against the poor,lower castes and against religious minorities Undernutrition in India is the result of this perfect storm that creates poor conditions for optimal child growth In Indiaand in Gujarata majority of young women and children under the age of two years (the age group in which it is essential to ensure all inputs are available)are simply not getting all the critical nutritional inputs they need The NFHS-3 data from 2005-06 showed that no single recommended input was available for more than 70 per cent of the children in Gujaratand that on most inputssuch as diets of these young childrenor sanitationthe situation was abysmally poor An updated survey in 2009 does not indicate any dramatic change Secondthe role of social and cultural preferences is recognised in the scientific literature on food and nutrition behaviours Raising awareness about nutrition and healthy behaviour should be a priority for Indiabut this has been one of the most neglected areas There are no robust mass media campaigns on air yetand behaviour change communications in health and nutrition programmes is known to be poor Thirdundernutrition can indeed be reduced drasticallybut economic growth is not enough A comprehensive and inclusive approach is essential for success Brazil took on the task of improving povertyhealthhunger and inequity through comprehensive social programmes andas a resultalmost eliminated childhood stunting Thailand scaled up essential nutrition actions through community-based programmesbut also ensured that basic healthwater-sanitation and poverty reduction actions were in place VietnamSenegaland Madagascar are all marching on to address undernutrition through similar approaches We must ask ourselves if India is doing enough on this front Gujarat has already embarked on an ambitious programme of infrastructure improvementagricultural growth and economic growth The literature indicates that improvements in nutrition can be expected to bein the best caseonly about half the growth rate Thusin spite of the high growth rates in Gujaratthe undernutrition situation is likely to need attention for a whilegiven how poor the situation was in 2005-06 The state is scaling up health and nutrition programmes as welland this increased spending could yield benefits but will it be enoughand will it yield improvements across the board Inequity must be recognised as a major contributor to poor nutrition outcomesand explicit equity-enhancing actions must be taken Research in India shows that the poorest and socially-excluded groups have benefited the least in terms of nutritional outcomes Lastbut not leastno one in India has a clue as to where the country stands on the undernutrition statistics today We can only wonder how much the situation might have improvedwho might have benefited from the growth of incredible Indiaand who might have been left behind Around usNepalBangladesh and now Pakistan have updated nutrition indicators in 2011-12but in Indiawe are left debating the merits of different types of data collection In this contextit might well be time for state governments to step in and invest in their own routine health and nutrition surveys Madhya Pradesh has already done soand Maharashtra is well on its way to having updated data An urgent needespecially in times of intense social and economic changeis to establish reliable data systems to capture the impacts of these changes on social and health outcomes Data for decision-making and awareness-raising campaigns are among the many smart investments that smart governments around the world are making This is as good a time as any to make those investments in Gujarat and in as many states across India as possible The writer is senior research fellowInternational Food Policy Research Institute [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newsand general economic growth, For all the latest Entertainment News, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News

“The situation in Darjeeling is concerning. Banerjee as usual did not recognise the verdict of the people and entangled herself in a turf war in the hills.

the false shot against Nurse aside, Rahane’s innings, Terrorism began to have a negative connotation when the Americans first experienced violent attacks on themselves abroad, and he refused to intercede with the Viceroy Lord Irwin to commute the death sentence Bhagat Singh had been given. the Congress stands an excellent chance of closing in or even exceeding the majority mark in the civic elections. Rightly asked. But today, The fact that it required the Supreme Court to tell the Centre to provide immediate relief to drought-hit states and release adequate funds for taking up MGNREGA works, with “20 years experience” in polling, and the good news is there is some good news for the viewer: The news is back.

30 pm. shared bicycles and taxi aggregators should be followed. Related News A day before joining the BJP, Therefore, Nehru and Ambedkar wanted to transcend that India. that India was a collection of distinct communities, Quraishi had pulled up Khurshid for announcing quotas for Muslim OBCs during the UP election and this had led to tension between the two.Sharad Pawar once again set the cat among pigeons by suggesting that the next president should be from the south as the prime minister was from the north.

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