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Haryana aims to reduce malnutrition and strike a balance in the state’s sex ratio

Posted:  Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Haryana aims to have better future citizens by making today’s children healthy! Haryana is in the midst of framing a state nutrition policy and instituting a nutrition commission to deal with the problem of malnutrition among children.

The State Nutrition Mission will be implemented based on the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The nutrition status of children in Haryana was previously monitored by their age and weight measurements; however the state now plans to take into account their height measurements as well, thereby covering all the 3 UNICEF parameters for tracking nutrition status.

A survey conducted by National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad revealed that a staggering 34.1% of under five children in Haryana were stunted, nearly 28% were underweight and 11% were wasted. It is well known that Haryana is the land of milk and yoghurt, but surprisingly the state’s children remain malnourished.

The chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, is also keen to strike a balance in the state’s sex ratio by bringing the ‘Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao’ programme into action. Utilisation of information technology, and support from all sections of the society including social workers, sociologists, intellectuals and influential corporate sector individuals are the resources they will depend on to achieve this target.

Delighted over the state’s progressive initiatives, United States Ambassador to India, Richard Verma said, "Haryana's efforts to promote the health, education and development of women and girls are worthy of recognition," and added, “The US is eager to partner with India and Haryana in support of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' goals .”

The three main tactics Haryana plans to implement to correct the imbalance in sex ratio include strict implementation of the PNDT (Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques - Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, curtailment of female foeticides and provision of care and education to girls to make them self-sufficient and lastly implementation of incentive based schemes to eliminate gender discrimination.

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