Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
3. Mission POSHAN 2.0 strongly integrates the aspect of under-nutrition and anaemia among women, girls, and children. However, the design needs to be inclusive of the growing risk of non-communicable diseases and obesity among adolescents. Discuss. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
Multiple studies show that adolescence is a nutritionally demanding phase of life. Susceptibility of adolescent girls to anaemia is 40% compared to boys at 18%. This is why promoting dietary diversity is crucial during adolescence, as dietary habits are in the formative stage and evidence shows that behaviour imbibed during adolescence has a higher chance of being continued in adult life.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the achievements of POSHAN Abhiyaan 2.0 in tackling malnutrition and further steps that are required to make it more holistic.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by writing about POSHAN Abhiyaan 2.0, its aims and objectives.
First, write about the successes of Begin by writing about POSHAN Abhiyaan 1.0 and 2.0 in tackling the issue of hunger and malnutrition.
Next, write about the further changes to its design that are needed to ensure it becomes very holistic in improving overall health.
Next, suggest steps to further streamline POSHAN Abhiyaan 2.0 to overcome the above.
Conclude by stressing on the fact that by making POSHAN Abhiyaan 2.0 a resounding success, India takes a step towards achieving SDG-2.