NITI Aayog launches National Nutrition Strategy to focus more on children and women’s nutrition in the country
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 06-Sep-2017
New Delhi, 6 September: Taking a serious note of child stunting and malnutrition elevating statistics in India, NITI Aayog calls for renewed focus on nutrition and launched National Nutrition Strategy for eradicating the problem in a phased manner. It intends at bringing nutrition to the centre-stage of the National Development Agenda. It lays the roadmap for targeted action to address India's nutritional needs.
Following the NITI Aayog’s report, every third child in India suffers from malnutrition. India is far behind the global standards of other nations, as a result of which, both leader of the Green Revolution Dr MS Swaminatioan and NITI Aayog’s Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar have joined hands. The nutrition strategy calls for convergence between 4 proximate determinants of nutrition- food, health services, income and water.
Dr M S Swaminathan on the occasion said, 'It is a grave situation, especially when we are producing a large quantity of agricultural products and are self-sufficient in the foodgrain production. We are again producing huge milk, fruits and vegetables.' He said, 'There is a need to look into the issue seriously and should focus on the implementation of strategy and the programmes.'
The Nutrition Strategy framework envisages a Kuposhan Mukt Bharat - linked to Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat. It enables states to make strategic choices, through decentralized planning and local innovation, with accountability for nutrition outcomes.
Currently, there is a lack of real time measurement of these determinants, which reduces the capacity for targeted action among the most vulnerable mothers and children. The strategy lays down a roadmap for effective action, among both implementers and practitioners, in achieving our nutrition objectives. This is especially relevant in view of enhanced resources available with states to prioritise focused interventions with a greater role for panchayats and urban local bodies.
In India 20 per cent of children under five years of age suffer from wasting due to acute under-nutrition and it pays an income penalty of 9 to 10 per cent due to a workforce that was stunted during their childhood.