In India, a considerable section of the population suffers from malnutrition consisting of under-nutrition, hidden hunger caused by micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.
In 2015-16, according to the National Family Health Survey – IV: As much as 38.4 percent of India’s children, below the age of five, were stunted, while 35.7 percent were underweight.
With over one-third of children suffering from the problems of stunting and underweight, we need to address this problem on a priority, so that the country’s population to remain healthy and productive in future.
While addressing the nation on the occasion of Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, “Malnutrition is the biggest cause of concern and a roadblock in the development of the children in India. I am worried about this. I wish to make India free from malnutrition.”
PM Modi further added, “Everyone, poor or rich, living in this country, should get the benefit of insurance. A common man should be able to fight with the disease. The government is committed to providing quality of life to the citizens.”
From the historic Red Fort, PM Modi launched the government’s healthcare protection scheme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana, popularly known as Modicare. It will be rolled out on the birth anniversary of Pandit Din Dayal Upadhaya on September 25.
The health protection scheme will provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh to 50 crore people in India.