New Delhi: Leader of the Green Revolution in India and eminent agriculture scientist, Dr M S Swaminathan along with Padma Shri Dr H Sudarshan, recently launched the National Nutrition Strategy devised by the NITI Aayog. It was released at a briefing held on 5th September where the Chief Executive Officer of Aayog, Mr Amitabh Kant, its Vice Chairman, Dr Rajiv Kumar and Member, Dr Vinod Paul were present on the occasion.
With a benefit to cost ratio of 16:1 for 40 low and middle-income countries, there is a well-recognized rationale, globally, for investing in nutrition. The recently published NFHS-4 results reflect some progress, with a decline in the overall levels of under nutrition in both women and children. However, the pace of decline is far below what numerous countries with similar growth trajectories to India have achieved. Moreover, India pays an income penalty of 9 percent to 10 percent due to a workforce that was stunted during their childhood.
To address current issues and to bring nutrition to the center-stage of the National Development Agenda, NITI Aayog has drafted the National Nutrition Strategy. Formulated through an extensive consultative process, the Strategy lays down a roadmap for effective action, among both implementers and practitioners, in achieving our nutrition objectives.