India’s struggle against the problem of hunger and malnutrition and continuous search for solution to eradicate the same is on for decades. It was expected that the economic growth of the nation would bring in some respite, but the problem is so deep rooted that even the economic boost could offer no solution.
Recently, the Harvard School of Public Health has come up with a study that unveils the problem of undernourishment despite the impressive economic growth in India. The study also brought in to the notice that if government uses its growing revenues in development campaigns, slowly the problem can be curbed.
States like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh are under the strong grip of the problem of hunger, as per the report. Whereas, condition in Mizoram, Manipur and several parts of Kerala is still better as compared to other parts of the nation. The study analysed economic and children's growth patterns from data based on the National Family Health Surveys on 77,326 Indian children in 1992-93, 1998-99 and 2005-06.
Problem of malnourishment and hunger gives rise to many other problems like of infant mortality and poor physical growth. With such a condition prevailing in the nation, achieving the targets of millennium development goal seems a far fetched dream. Given that undernutrition between 6 and 59 months of age contributes to about 25-50 per cent of the mortality in that age group, reducing under nutrition is crucial to achieving the goals.