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All the surverys conducted after 2018 show a decline in nutrition height and increase in malnutrition and higher proportion of underweight children is this a cause for concern specially because these kids later will be our advantage in demographic dividend?
 

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All the surverys conducted after 2018 show a decline in nutrition height and increase in malnutrition and higher proportion of underweight children is this a cause for concern specially because these kids later will be our advantage in demographic dividend?
Whats with this concern trolling sir?
 

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All the surverys conducted after 2018 show a decline in nutrition height and increase in malnutrition and higher proportion of underweight children is this a cause for concern specially because these kids later will be our advantage in demographic dividend?
In India's case, the two major problems around nutrition are - wasting (low weight for a given height) and lack of pre-natal and post-natal care (the pregnant woman is undernourished, not aware of the importance of breastfeeding)

Wasting has a lot to do with our eating habits- mostly vegetarian (the ones who eat non-veg also take a major part of their dietary intake as protein-deficient carbohydrates-rich grains and gravies). Plus the protein-rich options are available at a premium due to market failure- both veg (pulses and legumes), and nonveg (eggs, meat, fish). The govt never subsidized the production of legumes, animal husbandry products, and micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Millets which were traditionally a part of Indian food (Bajre ki roti in the north to Raagi Mudde in the south) were systematically ignored by the middle class in their quest for finer grains (rice and wheat).

And as far as pregnant women and newborn childcare are concerned, there is extremely poor understanding around it due to lack of funds. Anganwadi workers are ill-trained, scantily paid, and work without any clear supervision. Awareness about anaemia in the growing girls, the importance of family planning (an important factor being the break between successive pregnancies) and nutrition requirements is just not there yet. The GoI launched a PoSHAN scheme in 2018 to address the issue of malnutrition and the biggest cost header for the scheme after 1 year was IT. State Govts are equally irresponsible where women and child development is considered to be a less lucrative portfolio.
 

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Not so much where Cess is concerned. Cess is not shared with states


Such high Taxes are unjustifiable but on the other hand it generates a huge amount of revenue for the government which gives government a big flexibility to spend more on Planned expenditures and develop country faster. The speed of Highway construction is unprecedented. Infrastructure is built at a rapid space and in few years, revenue collection from toll tax will surpass Rs 100000 crore. By the time EVs come in big way and Exercise revenue goes down, we shall be able to collect a big amount from toll tax. We need to make railways profitable so as electricity boards so that subsidy burden can be reduced and we can have some income from huge investment done in power plants. Tariff from Solar plant has reduced to Rs 1.99 in last auction in Gujarat. New sources of revenue should emerge if we have to substitute huge Excise revenue from other sources.
 
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All the surverys conducted after 2018 show a decline in nutrition height and increase in malnutrition and higher proportion of underweight children is this a cause for concern specially because these kids later will be our advantage in demographic dividend?
I don't know which survey you are talking about but National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is not even complete (mostly owing to covid; delayed). One other survey conducted by the GOI (pre-covid) showed marked improvement in all those fronts as announced in the Parliament. Apart ftom that World Bank estimates also show consistent improvements.
 

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In India's case, the two major problems around nutrition are - wasting (low weight for a given height) and lack of pre-natal and post-natal care (the pregnant woman is undernourished, not aware of the importance of breastfeeding)

Wasting has a lot to do with our eating habits- mostly vegetarian (the ones who eat non-veg also take a major part of their dietary intake as protein-deficient carbohydrates-rich grains and gravies). Plus the protein-rich options are available at a premium due to market failure- both veg (pulses and legumes), and nonveg (eggs, meat, fish). The govt never subsidized the production of legumes, animal husbandry products, and micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Millets which were traditionally a part of Indian food (Bajre ki roti in the north to Raagi Mudde in the south) were systematically ignored by the middle class in their quest for finer grains (rice and wheat).

And as far as pregnant women and newborn childcare are concerned, there is extremely poor understanding around it due to lack of funds. Anganwadi workers are ill-trained, scantily paid, and work without any clear supervision. Awareness about anaemia in the growing girls, the importance of family planning (an important factor being the break between successive pregnancies) and nutrition requirements is just not there yet. The GoI launched a PoSHAN scheme in 2018 to address the issue of malnutrition and the biggest cost header for the scheme after 1 year was IT. State Govts are equally irresponsible where women and child development is considered to be a less lucrative portfolio.
The fact of the matter is that average height has increased by 5 CM for men and women and Average weight has increased by 5 kg.
 

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He added that the Asia Pacific region will "resume its normal position as clearly the world's fastest-growing region" in 2022 and beyond, noting that by the middle of next year, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam should all have returned to the strong growth trends seen before the crisis.
 

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