Census 2011 counted five million children fewer than Census 2001. The drop in the 0-6 age group from 163.8 million to 158.8 million marks a negative growth of 3.08 per cent, Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner C Chandramouli said while releasing the report.

Minister Krishna Tirath stresses the need for proper implementation of women and child development schemes
The lowest-ever child sex ratio of 914 overshadowed an increase in the overall sex ratio, which is now 940

Decline in malnutrition levels has been dismal since the 1990s. We ascertained decadal trend in childhood nutritional status between 1997 and 2007 in Chandigarh, India and assessed impact of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) on childhood undernutrition.

The meagre allocations for critical social sector programmes point to a focus on growth for growth's sake, whose consequences can be unsettling.

TERMINOLOGY tells us a lot about underlying economic ideologies. In India, increasingly, public spending that affects the basic conditions of life of the vast majority of the population is termed in mainstream media as

Kerala and Tamil Nadu with the lowest calorie consumption seem to show better health outcome indicators
REPORT ON THE STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY IN URBAN INDIA: MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Third Cross Street, Taramani Institutional Area, Chennai-

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Chennai: Fifty paise is the lowest legal tender in the country. Add to that five paise, and you get the daily allocation for food for an underprivileged child in an anganwadi.

Tamil Nadu ranks first in implementing the integrated child development scheme (ICDS), but 55 paise is all thats given towards purchase of vegetables, fuel and condiments per child a day in an anganwadi in the state.

They are the most crucial but most underpaid and neglected link in the labour chain. Domestic help, construction workers, state volunteers

Four mega-programmes of the government, meant to tackle big-ticket issues like child nutrition, school education, health and employment, appear to be faltering not because funds are short but because adequate manpower has not been put in place.

Growth is good. So are health and education. Malnutrition is bad. As I noted in my last column, everyone, including those involved in India

It is shocking to find that even in Haryana the calorie intake is lower than the all-India average

Agricultural progress in the last decade has made India self-sufficient in major foodgrains. Yet, undernutrition continues to be a major nutritional problem, especially in rural populations.