By Basanta Kar
The author is Transform Nutrition Champion and Country Director, Project Concern International.
firstname.lastname@example.org. The article should be cited as Kar B., 2019. POSHAN Abhiyaan for a Malnutrition Free India, Geography and You, 19 (24): 20-25
To achieve malnutrition-free status, India’s development agenda needs to tackle its ‘double burden’ of malnutrition, under-nutrition and obesity at the same time. It is in this context that the POSHAN Abhiyaan provides an opportunity to counter malnutrition and usher in a new era in food and nutrition security.
India has been making significant investments in achieving food and nutrition security through structured public-funded programmes. In fact, India entrenches the right to food in its Constitution. Article 47 of the Constitution mandates the State to raise the level of nutrition of its citizens. India’s flagship nutrition programme-the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched on October 2, 1975 to take this directive forward. The scheme, which is still in operation, is one of the world's largest community based...