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26.55% Reduction in Underweight Children

by Shirley Johanna on March 3, 2015 at 4:45 PM
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 26.55% Reduction in Underweight Children

Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) data indicated that under the ICDS scheme 2009-10 to 2013-14, there has been 26.55% reduction in moderately or severely underweight children aged between 0-6 years.

The Union Ministry of Women and Child development is implementing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Rajiv Gandhi Schemes for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) namely SABLA, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna (IGMSY) as direct targeted interventions to address the problem of malnutrition in children and pregnant women.

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In order to strengthen the efforts to address the food security, Government of India has notified the National Food Security Act, 2013.

The Act provides for coverage upto 75% of the rural population and upto 50% of urban population for receiving food grains at subsidized prices of Rs. 3, 2 & 1 per Kg for rice, wheat and coarse grains respectively under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), thus covering about two-third of the population.
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The Act also has a special focus on nutritional support to women and children.

To address the issue of malnutrition, a Nationwide Information, Education and Communication campaign against malnutrition was launched during 2012-13. An amount of Rs. 55.69, 84.80 and 20.00 crore was spent for the campaign during the years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively.



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