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India Needs More Funding for Child Nutrition and Immunization Coverage: CRY

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on February 29, 2016 at 9:01 PM
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 India Needs More Funding for Child Nutrition and Immunization Coverage: CRY

The Indian government should provide for greater funding of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in the budget for 2016-17, suggested a child rights organization.

CRY, an NGO, also demanded new initiatives to fight hunger and malnutrition and increase immunization coverage.

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"With over 40% of child population below age five being stunted, focused investment needs to be carried out for altering the status of under nutrition. The total child budget had decreased from Rs. 81,075.26 crore in 2014-15 to Rs. 57,918.51 crore in 2015-16," said CRY.

The organization also demanded improvement in the Mid-Day Meal scheme, investment of more resources in prevention of crime against children, and initiatives against child labor.

Source: IANS
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