Introduce eggs, milk in mid-day meal, ICDS diet

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National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended to state governments and the Ministry of Women and Child Development to introduce eggs and milk as part of the meal in all states.

The recommendation, among others, was made during a conference organised by the NHRC on the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 on Friday.

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While the meal is supplied in schools, the ICDS aims at providing supplementary nutrition through anganwadi centres to children aged below 6 years, besides pregnant and lactating women. “Malnutrition continues to haunt India despite economic growth and these are the two biggest nutrition programmes.

The Commission also said that no child should be deprived of the meal because of non-linking of Aadhaar.

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The Rights Commission (NHRC) of India is an autonomous public body constituted on 12 October 1993 under the Protection of Human Rights Ordinance of 28 September 1993. It was given a statutory basis by the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (TPHRA).

 The NHRC is the National Human Rights Commission of Indiaresponsible for the protection and promotion of human rights, defined by the Act as “rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants”.

Functions

  • proactively or reactively inquire into violations of human rights or negligence in the prevention of such violation by a public servant
  • by leave of the court, to intervene in court proceeding relating to human rights
  • to visit any jail or other institution under the control of the State Government, where persons are detained or lodged for purposes of treatment, reformation or protection, for the study of the living conditions of the inmates and make recommendations
  • review the safeguards provided by or under the Constitution or any law for the time being in force for the protection of human rights and recommend measures for their effective implementation
  • review the factors, including acts of terrorism that inhibit the enjoyment of human rights and recommend appropriate remedial measures
  • to study treaties and other international instruments on human rights and make recommendations for their effective implementation
  • undertake and promote research in the field of human rights
  • engage in human rights education among various sections of society and promote awareness of the safeguards available for the protection of these rights through publications, the media, seminars and other available means
  • encourage the efforts of NGOs and institutions working in the field of human rights
  • such other function as it may consider it necessary for the protection of human rights.
  • requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any court or office.

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        Children in the age group 0-6 years constitute around 158 million of the population of India (2011 census). These Children are the future human resource of the country. Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing various schemes for welfare, development and protection of children.

    Launched on 2nd October, 1975, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme is one of the flagship programmes of the Government of India and represents one of the world’s largest and unique programmes for early childhood care and development. It is the foremost symbol of country’s commitment to its children and nursing mothers, as a response to the challenge of providing pre-school non-formal education on one hand and breaking the vicious cycle of malnutrition, morbidity, reduced learning capacity and mortality on the other. The beneficiaries under the Scheme are children in the age group of 0-6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Objectives of the Scheme are:

  • to improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years;

  • to lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child;

  • to reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropout;

  • to achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development; and

  • to enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.

 

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