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For “POSHAN Maah” to contribute towards the holistic nourishment of children and a malnutrition free India by 2030 India needs to address the multi-dimensional determinants of malnutrition on an urgent basis. Elucidate.

Topic : Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

2. For “POSHAN Maah” to contribute towards the holistic nourishment of children and a malnutrition free India by 2030, India needs to address the multi-dimensional determinants of malnutrition on an urgent basis. Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express 

Why the question:

The article brings to us the point that challenge to nurture India has become bigger with the outbreak of COVID-19.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the need to have a multi-dimensional approach towards addressing malnutrition in the country amidst situations like Covid-19.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have launched a campaign declaring the month of September as “POSHAN Maah 2020”. By inviting citizens to send nutritional recipes, the campaign aims to create awareness about the POSHAN Abhiyan through community mobilisation.

Body:

The answer has to capture how far can such initiative help solve India’s massive malnutrition problem.

Give some statistics to set the background of the question like – Globally, there were 673 million undernourished people, of which 189.2 million (28 per cent) were in India in 2017-19, as per the combined report of FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO (FAO, et.al. 2020) on “The state of Food Security and Nutrition in the World”. Additionally, India accounts for 28 per cent (40.3 million) of the world have stunted children (low height-for-age) under five years of age, and 43 per cent (20.1 million) of the world’s wasted children (low weight-for-height) in 2019.

Discuss the multidimensional factors that contribute to malnutrition and highlight the need to identify and address them.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions to the problem and suggest a right approach.

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