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What is Malnutrition :

Malnutrition is a state in which prolonged lack of one or more nutrients retards

physical development or cause specific clinical disorders, e.g. iron deficiency anemia,
goiter, etc. Malnutrition can also be defined as an impairment of health resulting from
a deficiency, excess or imbalance of nutrients. In includes inter nutrition and over
nutrition kwashiorkor, a protein deficiency disease, highlights this fact since in most
cases of kwashiorkor the case is in take or poor quality protein rather than inadequate
quantity over a prolonged period of time. More recently malnutrition is defined as an
unintentional weight loss of more than 10 percent, associated with a serum albumin
level below 3.2 g/d.
Some characteristics of people suffering from malnutrition are dull lifeless hair,
greasy pimpled facial skin; dull eggs, slumped posture; fatigue and depression are
easily evident by the spiritless expression and behavior, and lack of interest in their
surroundings. Such people may be under weight or over weight sleep may be affected,
and also the elimination hobbits constipation is a common problem.
The problem of malnutrition cannot be taken lightly as it may sometimes prove
fatal. It may also cripple a person for the whole life e.g. deficiency of vitamin A is
children leads to blindness.
A disease which results from lack of a certain nutrient is known as a deficiency
disease, e.g. iron deficiency anemia, is a very common deficiency disease in women
and young girls.
Menstrual losses and increased needs in pregnancy are some of the causes of
Persons prone to malnutrition are infants, pre-school children, adolescents,
pregnant women and elderly people. Pregnant women are especially prone to
malnutrition if they are adolescents and not nature enough to bear children.

Infants and pre-school children are dependent on their mother for nourishment
and if her selection of foods for them is incorrect, they may be suffering from
malnutrition. During the process of weaning, most poor children are a pray to faulty
nourishment since they may be fed sago kanji (gruel) as a substitute for milk and no
other foods providing good quality protein. Sago kanji supplies carbohydrates but very
little proteins, and lack of proteins in the diet my result in severe wasting of body
tissues. This may lead to multiple deficiencies and kwashiorkor results. This in many
cases, is fatal or if the child on treatment does survive, it.
Leave its effect in the form of an under-developed Brain hence, the period of
infancy, i.e. from birth to 18 months is a very crucial period and thus protein quality
and quantity in the diet should be taken care of.
Usually, adolescents eat often but irregularly and mostly the wrong kind of
food. Snack items such as potato wafers, popcorn, cakes, soft drinks, candies, peps
colas are their favorite foods. These foods not only supply very limited nutrients but
also causes a feelings of fullness. such hollow or empty calorie foods should not be a
allowed liberally. How ever at this age what their friends eat and do is what matters
most to them. Crash diets are also commonly seen in this age group. The resulting
malnutrition due to wrong choice / selection of foods is evident in an adolescent either
in the form of anemia or lack of stamina and their school work is affected.
Pregnancy and lactation are stress periods in a womens life. The womens
appetite increases remarkably and so does the need for nutrients. The fast growing
factors has to be continuously nourished. This stress has to be even more carefully
managed when the mother to be is an adolescent. Her own growing needs as well as
those of the fetus put a burden on her body.
The birth weight and health of a newborn is influenced by its mothers
nutritional well being during pregnancy. Lactation also needs careful attention to food
intake and its quality. since the quality of the mothers like and the length to which she
can satisfactorily breast feed her child depends on it.

Old people are also malnourished many times as they may be unwell or not
properly looked after. poor eating may result in poor nutritional status in them. Dietary
restrictions due to some disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.. may add
to this.
Malnutrition results in most of us since we do not need to our bodys
daily requirements. As mentioned in the definition, malnutrition is evident as a
deficiency disease, c.g rickets in children due to calcium vitamin D deficiency; Also
malnourished people are prone to continues boots of son illness or the other which
affects their work very often. This condition can be easily set right if we eat the right
food in the right amount daily i.e., if we consume a balanced diet every day, and
develop good eating habits for good health.

Causes and consequences of Malnutrition in India.

Causes of severe under nutrition are :
1. An

inadequate intake a food, due either to a poor

appetite or limited

availability of food, leads to a wasting syndrome with a relative loss of weight

and associated with a range of complex adaptive changes in all tissues and
2. The presence of an underlying specific pathology, such as an in faction, or a
poor quality diet, separately and together might predispose to a reduced food
intake and in addition challenge metabolic integrity that predispose to the
formation of edema.
Malnutrition results from a combination of three key factors. Inadequate food
intake, illness and deleterious caring paucities underlying these is household
food edge of proper care. In India house hold food insecurity, inadequate
preventive and curative health Services and insufficient knowledge of proper.
Care In India, household insecurity stems from inadequate employment and
incomes; seasonal migration, especially among the tribal populations; relatively

high food prices; geographic and seasonal mal distribution of food, poor
social organization; and large family size.
The country still has a high incidence of disease, especially preventable
communicable disease, and maintains incidence of disease, especially
preventable communicable diseases, and maintains health services. In addition,
caring practices at home including feeding, hygiene, home based health care,
use of available health services, and psychosocial stimulation based of children
are inadequate, substantially due to the lock of education, knowledge in the
socio cultural and economic process that determine access to and control over
resources including information, education, assets, income, time and even how
reserve allocation decisions are made in society.
A major determinate of protein energy malnutrition is house hold caloric
inadequacy. According to the 1993-94 round of the National sample survey,
the most recent major round available, about 80 percent of the rural population
and 70 per cent of the urban population had caloric intakes below the 2400
calories per day recommended. For rural areas and 2100 calories recommended
for urban areas. In 1993-94 the poorest 30 percent of Indias population
consumed on an average, fewer than 1700 calories per day. The poorest 10%
consumed less than 1300 calories per day. At lower levels of caloric intake
people simply do not survive for long.
While poverty largely explains the high level of malnutrition in India,
additional factors are responsible for the concentration of the problem among
women and Children. Foremost among these is the low status of women in
Indian society. Which results in women and girls getting less than their fair
share of household food and health care. Adult women comprise one third of
Indias labor force and are usually engaged in heavy manual tasks that place
additional energy demands on them. womens heavy burden of childbearing
adds to the problem Indias total fertility rate is still 3.5 Children per woman.

Lack of information and education among women also under lies child
malnourishment. Malnutrition is directly or indirectly responsible for more than
half of the deaths of children under five years of age worldwide . while India
has successfully brought down infant mortality rate from 146 per 1000 live
Births in 1951 to 72 . in 1996, most of the children who survive and
malnourished. Indeed, widespread malnutrition among children and others is a
major barrier of further reacudion in mortality rates. Including those amoung
pregnant women Indias maternal mortality ratio 420 per 100,000 live birtus in
unacceptably high. Indias accounts for approximately one low quarter of all
maternal deaths worldwide.
High levels of anemia, low pregnancy weight gain, repeated acute infections,
major chronic diseases, such as tuberadosis and inappropriate management of
deliveries are important determinates of maternal and infant deaths. A large
proportion of adults Indian women is at high risk of maternal mordacity
because their low per-pregnancy height or weight may cause obstetrical
difficulties. Moreover, a vicious intergenerational cycle commences when a
malnourished or ill mother gives birth to a low birth weight female child
she remains shall in stature and pelvic size due to further malnourishment and
produces malnourished Children in the next generation.
Malnourishment can also significantly lower cognitive development and
learning achievement during the preschool and school years and subsequently
results in low physical and mental performance and is exacerbated by common
worm infestations. Malnutrition not only blights the lives of individuals and
families, but also reduces the returns on the investment in education and acts as
a major barriers to social and economic progress. Malnutrition reduced Indias
GDP by nearly three to nine percent in 1996, or by approximated US $ 10
billion to US $ 28 billion. The higher figure is greater than the sum of Indias
current public Exam on nutrition.
While mortality has declined by one half and fertility by two fifths,
malnutrition has only came down by about one fifth in the last 40 years. The

inescapable conclusion is that further progress in human development in India

will be difficult to achieve unless malnutrition is tackled with greater vigor and
more rapid improvement in the future than in the post.
According to the department of women and child development ministry of
Human resource Development, 1999.
. Nearly one third of the worlds children suffering from malnutrition are
in India.
Incidence of micronutrient deficiencies, nutritional anemia, vitamin A
and iodine deficiencies are still very high.
Rate of malnutrition is falling much too slowly at only are percent per
More than half of preschool children are stunted (56.5)% and nearly a
similar proportion, (49.2)% are underweight. (DNP survey, 1995-96).
One in every six Children is excessively thin (wasted).
Nearly 16 percent infants less than 6 months and about 43 percent
infants between six to eleven months are malnourished.
About 30 percent babies are low birth weight babies.
Nutritional anemia affects about 50 percent of young Children
adolescent girls and women in the reproductive age group.
More than 10 percent of population, in 235 districts of India is affected
with goiter an iodine deficiency disorder.


Only 51 percent mothers exclusively Brest feed their babies for the
first four months.
Only about one third of Children are given solid / mushy food in
addition to breast milk at the recommended age of six to nine months.
A substantial majority of women squeegee the first milk containing
colostrums from the breast before breast feeding their babies.
Protein Energy malnutrition (PEM) is one of the largest public health
problems of our country. As the name suggests, this condition is a deficiency
of protein and calories in the diet. Strictly speaking, it is one not disease, but a
spectrum of conditions arising from an inadequate diet. Although, it affects
people of all gases, ages, The results are most drastic in child hood due to the
highest requirements in that period. In adults mild degrees of it results into
some wasting, while severe degrees are encountered in famines and wars of
long duration fortunately, both the latter have spared us during the last several
decades and therefore do not quality and a problem, But in infants and children
PEM is a major problem. Till recently it was assumed that there was always a
primary deficiency of proteins associated with varying degrees of energy
deficiency, based upon observations in Africa.
But in the light of extensive studies conducted mainly at the national
institute of nutrition on (NIN), a different concept has emerged whereby it is a
condition, at least in India, primarily due to a deficiency of total dietary energy;
the protein deficiency being only secondary. This condition in children
embraces at one end.

OF the spectrum the puffed up of kwashiorkor the shriveled cases of

miasmas. And on the other, cases of nutritional dwarfing. In b/w these extremes
are various degrees of intermingling of the two conditions. It would not be out
of place to first look at the clinical picture of the clinical of different

The term derived from the Greek word meaning to waste has been in usage
in medical literature since old times. It was as common on Europe and North America
in 19th century as it is in India today. This is the childhood equivalent of starvation in
adults. Clinically, the presentation is of an irritable or apathetic child who fails to
furtive is markedly emaciated and had incessant diarrhea. The appetite may be
extreme or reduced. There is extreme shriveling of the body with occasional
dehydration, loss of subcutaneous fat, marked wasting of muscles, and low
bodyweight and length, The abdomen may be shrunken ir distended with gas. There
may also be associated vitamin deficiencies like hypo vitaminosis.

This term used by Gantries in and around Accord in Ghana meant The
sickness the older child gets when the next body is born. It was adopted for the
medical literature by cicely Williams in 1933. The child is apathetic, anemic, anorexic,
diarrheic and Edematous; Usually brought to the doctor on account of same infective
condition. These is severe growth retardation but on account of Edema the weight
might not be Severely

subnormal. The Edema may be varying in degree and

distribution and associated with as cited and pleural effusions.

The skin changes may involve any part of the body. The more common sites
being lower limbs, buttocks and perineum. The skin changes show characteristic areas
of desquamation and pigmentation or depigmentiation. Cracks appears at folds and
ulcers may develop at anal region and over presume points. The muscular wasting is
extreme and may result in incapability to crawl or walk. The hair is sparce, softer and
thinner than normal. Its colour also might change and became reddish, brown or gray.
There are associated symptoms such as angular stomatas, cheilosis and atrophy of the
tongue, anemia, hepatomegoly, and at times tremors like those in Parkinsonism.

As the name implies, this is a combination in varying degrees of the features of
the two conditions marasmus and kwashiorkor, and is found is places where PEM is
prevalent. It is the superimposition of kwashiorkor on any degree of marasmus and is
the most common presentation of PEM in India clinically some features of both
marasmus and kwashiorkor are present and the picture may be complicated further by
gastrointestinal or respiratory infections, due to which the child is usually brought to
medical attention.
Night blindness:- This is on impairment of the vitamin A function, namely the
formation of Rhodesian in the eye. A child suffering from a deficiency of vitamin.
The terms marasmus, kwashiorkor, miasmic kwashikor, protein deficiency,
energy deficiency and protein `energy deficiency have all been used at different times
to describe severs under nutrition with or without edema.
An estimated 854 million people are hungry, 20 million children under 5 suffer
from severe malnutrition and around 1 million children die due to malnutrition each
year. Over two million people more than 30% of the worlds population are








underdevelopment leading to food insecurity. Meeting overall energy needs and

dietary diversity is the major challenge.
Infants and children suffering from severe malnutrition frequently have
moderately reduced hemoglobin 80 to 100gm or reduced hematocrit 30-35%.
The normal life of red blood cell is on an average 120 days but may be shorter
in severely malnourished children.
Despite low hemoglobin there is an increase in both stored and free cellular
iron, and supplementation with ion increases mortality.


A first displays this symptom at night by bumping into objects, slowly the eyes
develop Bit tots spots, which lead to dryness in the cornea and further lead to
xerophthalmia. This is a stage of irreversible blindness. Total blindness cannot be
curved even if large doses of vitamin A are given at this stage.

Beriberi :This is caused due to the deficiency of thiamine, a water soluble B vitamin.
There are two types of beriberi, dry and wet. Dry Beriberi is characterized by
emaciation, generally, associated with deficiently such as TB or dysentery. Poly
neuropatuny occous. Followed by weakness, inability to walk, wrist drop and
foot drop.
Wet beriberi involves swelling on the body, which is its characteristic.
There is pain and tenderness in the legs and even slight movement causes
palpitation, breath lessness, which can later cause cardiac failure.


Pellagra :This is caused due to deficiency of niacin, another of the water soluble
group of B vitamins. It has been found to commonly occur in corn eaters since,
corn is devoid of niacin as well as tryptophan. It is also food in people who
consume only mower as their staple. Since, Levine, an amino acid, is found to
interfere with niacin metabolism. This disease is characterized by feeling of
unwellness. Anorexia, mild gastro intestinal upsets and nervousness. Rashes
appears are the skin exposed to the sun; cheilosis, angular storatites, headache,
burning sensation in the hands and feet, hallucinations, delusions and delirium.
It untreated, it can lead to death pellagra is therefore also known as the 4Ds
disease that is diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and death.


Scurvey:This disease caused due to vitamin C deficiency, was first noticed in sailors
who would travel for months in the sea with only salted foods as their diet. The
diet was devoid of any fresh fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamin C.

the typical symptoms of sources are weakness, fatigue and pain in the muscles,
bones and joints. The skin becomes dry pinpoint name hemorrhages appears.
Followed by black and blue spots on the skin. Wounds take a long time to heal,
fractures appear spontaneously; anemia develops, followed by convulsions
stupor; coma and death can occur if untreated.

Deficiency of Minerals.

Anaemia :- The main cowses of anaemia are :

Dietary iron deficiency.







schistosomiasis, HIV/AIDS tuberculosis and other chronic diseases including

almost any inflammatory illness that lasts several moths or longer and some
Deficiencies of their key micronutrient including foliate, vitamin B12.
Vitamin A, protein, copper and other a minerals.
Inherited conditions that affect red blood cells, such as thalassimia.
Several acute hemorrhage
Chronic blood losses.
However, the most common type is iron deficiency, which occurs more
commonly along women then among them. Girls suffer from anemia particularly
around puberty, due to menstrual disturbances. The blood shows low hemoglobin
levels and the cells are pale and small. The person suffer from weakness, frequent
headdress pallor, breathlessness and dislike for work and exertion. There is
giddiness, sleep lessens, hearth burn, palpitation, blurred vision and swelling of the
feet. There are four key processes which contribute to anemia.


1. Reductive adaptation: It is the bodys adaptation to reduced food intake and

decreased metabolic activity. It is different from anemia due to chronic
2. Specific nutrient: The information of mature erythrocytes requires all the
nutrients and deficiency in any of nutrients will limit their formation and their
functional capability. Besides this, nutrients like folic acid and B12 are directly
involved in the formation of hemoglobin.
3. Infection: A complex interaction between and poor nutrition exists which may
elicit on inflammatory or immune response. The availability of nutrients for red
cell formation will increase the likelihood of anemia.
4. Haemolysis: Enhanced suskeptibity to pro oxidant damage will predispose
RBCs to a shortened life span. Iran in the stored form can act as the focus for
pro-oxidant stress and result in cellular pathology.
5. Rickets: Generally, occurs during childhood and are a combination of
deficiencies of calcium phosphorous, vitamin D and vitamin C. The child
suffers from growth retardation; bones became fragile and bent. With the short
bones being affected more. Knock kness and bowed legs are the
Iron deficiency accounts for approximately half of the amaemia in developing
countries, while the other being proposed as due to a lock of copper, zine, foliate
or vitamins A, B2,B12 or c.
The overriding principle of any intervention must be first do not harm.

The usual nutritional supplement doses are.

30-60 mg iron for a 70 kg adult.
Maximum of 120 mg iron during pregnancy.
2mg iron 1kg for children.


Side effects of iron are not usually seen after oral intakes of 30-60mg.
Food used based strategies, by increasing availability and consumption of a
nutritionally ad equate micronutrient rich diet, are the sustainable way to
improve nutrition.
Non-heme-iron, present in plant foods such as cereals, pulses, legumes, grains,
nuts and vegetables, has an absorption rate of 2% to 10% depending.
Is delayed closure of the fontanels. Bleeding time is longer and the bones are
Adult rickets are also known as osteomalacia, generally women who remain
indoors or in purdah and old persons and bedridden persons are found of suffer
from osteomalacia.
Goitre :
This deficiency of the trace clement iodcine is found to affect people in the
sub-Himalayan regions, parts of Madhya Pradesh, saurashtra and Maharashtra. The
affected parts of Maharashtra are Aurangabad, Jalma, Amravati, Buldhana, Satava,
wardha and thane districts.



Major nutritional problems in India are protein energy malnutrition, iodine
deficiency disorders, vitamin A deficiency and anemia, Besides, flourosis is also
prevalent, and liturgist is localized to certain regions. The nutrition cell in the
Directorate general of Health services provides technical advice on all the matters
related to nutrition. State nutrition divisions, sct up in 17 states and union
Territories, assess the diet and nutritional states in various groups of population
conduct nutrition education campaigns, and supervise supplementary feeding
programmed and other ameliorative measures. Surveys conducted by state
nutrition divisions and National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau under KMR reveal
that malnutrition and other deficiency disorders are found more is young children,
and pregnant and lactating mothers.
Children in difficult circumstances continue to face greater deprivation and
neglect. It is estimated that there are 17.38 million working children, five million
street children and 4,00,000 child prostitutes the country. Also one in every ten
child suffers from one form of disability or the order and incidence of crime
against children are on the increase.


Schemes and progremmes :

The Government of India is implementing more than 120 schemes and
programmes for the welfare and development of women and children through more
than 13 Government Ministries and Department.

National Policies and action plans


National Policy for children


National Health Policy


National Policy an Education


National Policy an child labour


National Nutrition policy


Communication strategyfor Child Development


National Plan of Action for Children


National Plan of Action for Children


National Plan of Action on Nutrition

Important Days
15th May

International Day of Families

5th June

World Environment Day

1st -7th August

World Breast Feeding week


-7th National Nutrition Week


8th September

International Literacy Day

16th October

World Food Day

The policies of the Government to improve tha nutritional social, and overall
health status of women and children in the courty. In spite of the various programme
being implemented, there are gaps in he achievement and performance of the desired
goals, which I shown in Fig. The Chromo logical highlights of the achievements of the
Government of India is attempt to alleviate the situation in the procurement,
distribution and quality control of food grains.

Nutritional Indicator


Nutritional status of




Existing levels
(0-4 years) Rural

Expected levels
Reduction in



Stunting 37%

service and
malnutrition by



Moderate 21%



Wastage 5%

1990 levels



>10% (1998)

Control of iodine



Prevalence of goiter




Incidence of low birth


weight babies





Rationing introduced in Bombay for the first time in the.


The National Co-operative Consumers Federation of India.

1965-66 Save gain comparing launched


The Super Bazar, the cooperative store limited started


North-Eastern Regional Agricultural marketing corporation


The paddy processing Research Centre Established at


All the provisions of the consumer protection act name


The Standards waight and measures rules come into


The Burea of India standard became functional as a


The ministry of food processing Industry set up


The Rajiv Gandhi National suavity award instituted


Consumer welfare fund created


Food corporation of India authorized to sell wheat in open




FCI authoring to sell rice in open market


The sugar export promotion Act, 1958 repealed


Vegetable oils products order prolonged


Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Programme :

The integrated child development services programme of the Department of
women and Child Development was started in 1975 and has emerged as the worlds
most unique and largest early childhood development progreamme, ICDS, which
started as a social experiment with 33 projects, has emerged as a social experience to
reach the unreached. It is a visible vehicle for achieving.
It provides a package of services to control nutritional and health problems.
The Department of Women Child Welfare and Developed a Management Information
system for monitoring and implementing the ICDS projects. The department
generated QPRS which were regularly analyzed for delivery of services to
beneficiaries under the scheme. The states were also regularly being advised to take
necessary corrective actions based on the analysis. By 1995, 3908 ICDS project had
been sanctioned in the county of which 3242 are operational selection of community
is done on the basis of proportional distribution of rural population living below
poverty line with first preference being given to the community development block
having the highest concentration of scheduled caste population.
In order to improve the quality of service in the ICDS an extremely
comprehensive training programme called UDISHA has been devised. It is seen as an
important element in empowering child-care workers. Parents and communities for a
continuous process of assessment, analysis and informed action to promote to
fulfillment of childrens rights in the communities in which children live, grow and


Objectives of ICDS Programme :

The main objectives of the ICDS programme are to
Lay the fardation for the proper psychological , physical and social
development of the child.
Improve the nutritional and health status of children below the age of six years.
Reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropouts.
Achieve effective coordination of policy and implementation among various
department to promote child development.
Enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and
nutritional needs of the child through proper health and nutritional education.
The ICDS, fewer than 10 percent of 4200 prograne blocks also includes
schemes for adolescent girls nutrition, health awareness, and skill development; in
some areas it has been linked with womens income generating programmes. All
trained village woman who is assisted periodically in the health tasks by an
Auxiliary Nurse Midwife from the health sub-center.
However, evaluations of children below three years of age those at greatest risk
of malnutrition, and women and children living in hamlets.
Inadequate coverage of children below three years of age, those at greatest risk
of malnutrition, and women and children living is hamlets.
Irregular food supply, irregular feeding and inadequate rations.
Mothers and families are not educated regarding nutrition which might
encourage improved feeding practices at home and other relevant behavioral
Anganwadi worker is over loaded and in a weak position, non-supportive
supervision to AWWs results in the neglect of crucial nutrition related tasks.


To prevent blindness among children due to Vitamin A deficiency, a

concentrated dose of Vitamin A is given orally to children along with their
immunization, similarly to prevent nutritional anemia among women and children,
tablets of iron and folic acid are distributed through health centers. A pilot
programme against micronutrient malnutrition has been initiated in five districts in
Tripura, Bihar, Orissa, west Bengal and Assam to asses and improve micronutrient
status in school children. The national institute of Nutrition and all India institute
of Hygiene and public health, Kolkatha are the principal organizations for nutrition
research and treating.

Food subsidy programmes :

Public Distribution System (PDS) :
While the PDS has been an important buffer against local food shortages in
many respects it his fallen short of providing food security to the poor. It has been in
adequately targeted. Many of the poorer states do not obtain the require to cover their
needy populations. They take less than their share of supplies from the PDS mainly
because of a weak administrative capacity and the inability to move the food stocks.
There are serious leakages in the programme with supplies often finding their way to
the open market.
The PDS is a high cost operation relative to the caloric support it provides. It
costs about three times as much for the PDS to provide a given number of calories to a
house hold, compared with the ICDS. Most important, as late as 1997. The poor mans
access to the PDS proved extremely limited, particularly in the most poverty
stricken states.


Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) :

In early 1997 the Central Government introduced the targeted PDS to ensure
better coverage of households below the poverty line. Under the TPDS. BPL
households are given a special identity card to obtain up to 10 kg of rice or wheat per
month at the assure price. The Central Government will allot adequate stocks per
month at cover the requirement. The TPDS guide lines imply that the second nontargeted channel will be phased out gradually.
While the TPDS is designed to improve food supplies in the poorest
households. It has not gone fat enough in number of ways. The quantity of subsidized
gain provided amounts to a marginal supplement of 100 calories per person per day,
much less than the estimated gap of poor people to noon-poor households, although
this food could be targeted to needy children and mother for examples.
Indias food grain production has continued in increase fairly steadily, although
population growth has eroded these gains somewhat. Per capita availability of food
grains was 384 kg in 1960.
To ensure proper nutrition, adequate quantities for pulses or other protein-rich
foods such as milk, eggs, or meat which are also short supply, unless the prices of
these commodities are reduced substantially, through vastly increased availability,
they will remain out of reach of the poor.
There is little independent corroboration of the extent to which the employment
programmes have supplemented the incomes and food available to the poor, although
intended for this purpose. The efforts of the employment programmes to provide
household food support by part payment in grain been have poorly implemented and
times. Such as ensuring that 30% of beneficiaries are women, or raising participant
families above the poverty line.


National Midday Meal Programme (NMMD) :

The Midday Meal scheme was launched by the ministry of Human Resource
Development during 1995-96 for the benefit of students in primary schools. Food
grains were supply by FCI free of cost to the states and union territorial. However FCI
changes the economic cost of the food supplied under the scheme from the ministry of
HRD. A quantity of 1.91 lakh metrications of wheat and 3.74 lakhs tons of rice was
lifted the scheme during 1996 and the metric tons schools and Nagar Palikas during
1997-98 during 1998-99.
Initiated in 1995 the NMPP aims to increase primary school attendance and
retention as well as improve the nutritional status and increasing achievements of
generally in the 6-11 years old age group. Some states Andhra Pradesh. The NMMP
purportedly covers 91 million children, but the actual number fed is far water. The
programme is currently short of funds, and continuation of its existing coverage is

Micronutrient programme :
National Nutritional Anemia Control Programme :
This programme aims to reduce among women of the productive age and
preschool children by providing iron folic supplements, identifying and treating
cases of severe anemia, although significant different is coverage were 50%. Other
problems include lack of worker motivation to distribute tablets and inadequate
education of women and communities about their value. Of many women who receive
the tablets do not consume them. As a result Indias very high rates of especially
among pregnant women and the impact of severe anemia a birth weight and maternal
mortally is profound.


National iodine Deficiency Disorders control programme :

Iodine is an essential and is required at a level of 100-150 micrograms daily for
normal human growth and development. Deficiency of iodine in the daily diet may
cause goiter and other iodine deficiency disorders. Endemic goiter has been
recognized as a major health problem. In india results of some surveys 71 million of
prevalence IDD is above 10 percent. It is estimated that is India more than 71 million
people are suffering from various iodine disorders.
The Government launched fully centrally assisted National Goiter Control
Programme in 1962 with focus on provision of iodized salt to identified endemic
areas. In 1935. The Government decided to iodise the entire edible salt in the Country
by 1992 in a phased manner. To day the production to iodized salt is 42 lakhs metric
ton per annum. Only about 532 of the 790 private manufactures licensed by the salt
commissioner have commenced production of iodized salt. The NGCP has been redesignated the importance of all the IDDs, As per the directions of the centre 29
state / Union Territories completely banned the use of salt other than iodized salt for
edible purpose. Hence, non-iodized salt is now made freely available.
This programme has some problems which need to be tackled in order to
achieve success. Iodized salt is fortified with potassium iodated which is heat sensitive
and con benefit the consumer if used at table and preferably not during cooking. Also
excessive iodine intake may cause toxicity in a population which does not needed
iodine supplementation. Hence, it would be advisable to provide iodized salt only to
the goiter prone population.