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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
15-December-2011 15:54 IST
Malnourished Children
Malnutrition is manifestation of several underlying factors & causes and is complex, multi-dimensional and inter-generational in nature and cannot be tackled by a single sector alone. The causes are varied and include inadequate consumption of food, frequent infections, lack of availability of safe drinking water and proper sanitation, illiteracy specially in women, poor access to health services, low purchasing power, socio-cultural factors such as early marriages of girls, lack of care during pregnancy and infancy, ignorance about nutritional needs of infants and young children etc., As per the National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3), 2005-06, 42.5% children under 5 years are underweight and 69.5 % are anemic. The Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath stated this in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today

The Minister said that an amount of Rs. 10,000 crores was allocated for ICDS scheme for the year 2011-12 at Budget Estimate stage. In the mean time the honorarium for the Anganwadi workers and helpers have been enhanced with effect from 1st April 2011 requiring more funds for ICDS scheme. The additional requirements of funds is being met from allocation through supplementary demands for grant and re-appropriations.