New Delhi, Jan 19: The government today declared 24 January as the national girl child day, coinciding with the date of swearing in of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the first woman to occupy the post in the country.


Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan celebrated Makar Sankranti festival amidst children. He offered Laddus made of jaggery and linseed to children and flew kites with them. Chief Minister Chouhan gave away grants under various schemes to the elderly, handicapped persons and small girls during the festival organised by Women and Child Development and Social Development department.

Impasse over anganwadi meals ended now all aganwadis in India will have to serve hot, cooked meals to children and pregnant or lactating mothers within two years. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, or ccea, on October 16 told the Ministry of Women and Child Development to arrange for serving hot cooked meals, thus, putting an end to the stand-off between the ministry and

Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi October 16, 2008, 0:27 IST

The government is all set to put an end to the debate on whether hot cooked meals or ready-to-eat food like biscuits should be served in the anganwadis, the pre-school feeding centres run under the central government scheme of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).

Alliance with UNICEF in question even though the Ministry of Women and Child Development is yet to take a decision on the conflict of interest between public-private partnerships and government policies, the ministry has launched a five-year programme on child welfare in collaboration with unicef in seven states. unicef, which often implements child nutrition programmes in India,

Ministry Proposes

differences between women and child development minister Renuka Choudhury and the Planning Commission over providing food to poor children under the Integrated Child Development Services (icds) have escalated to a stand-off. In May, the ministry forwarded a plan to compulsorily provide poor children micronutrient-fortified, ready-to-eat food instead of hot cooked meal as part of the

THE efforts of a Geneva-based organisation called Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to set up an infant and young child nutrition (IYCN) alliance in India have raised the hackles of groups involved in the promotion of breastfeeding and child and infant survival.