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Multi-Pronged Approach towards Malnutrition

  As per the National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3) published in 2005-06, 42.5% children under 5 years are underweight and 69.5% are anemic.     In urban and rural areas, 32.7% and 45.6% children are underweight while prevalence of anemia among children is 63% and 71.5% respectively.   The Government has accorded high priority to the issue of malnutrition particularly among children and is implementing several schemes/ programmes   of different Ministries/Departments through State Governments/UT Administrations. The schemes/ programmes   include the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Mid-Day Meal Scheme, new schemes on a pilot basis such as the Rajiv Gandhi Schemes for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) namely SABLA and the Indira   Gandhi   Matritva   Sahyog   Yojna   (IGMSY) as the   Direct   targeted interventions. Besides, the indirect multi- sectoral   interventions include Targeted Public Distribution System

20 Point Programme

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Kumar Jena has said that Twenty Point Programme 2006 is a package of programme inter-alia aiming at poverty alleviation, employment generation, education and health. Twenty Point Programme consists of 65 items which are primarily the programmes/schemes of the Government of India, administered by the various Central Nodal Ministries and are normally implemented through State/UT Administration. A statement indicating the 20 points and 65 items   is   annexed (Annexure I). The programmes for poverty alleviation, employment generation are primarily covered under the point ‘ Garibi   Hatao ’ which consists of five items.     The programmes for education are primarily covered under the point ‘ Sabkeliye   Shiksha   (education for all)’.     Similarly the health is covered under the point ‘Jan Jan Ka   Swasthya   (health for all)’. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Jena sai

Measures to address Indian emigrants issues

A large number of Indians are working in the Gulf countries. The details of Indians in Gulf Countries are as given below: -     Country No. of Indian working (approx. in  Lakhs ) Bahrain 4.00 Kuwait 6.41 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 18 - 20 Oman 5.81 Qatar 4.50 UAE 17.50 Complaints received from some workers are generally in the nature of ill-treatment and harassment, non-payment of agreed salaries/ dues, contractual violations, refusal of leave or exit/re-entry permits, withholding of passports etc. The number of cases reported are as under: Country Year 2009 2010 2011 Bahrain 1427 1384 1163 Kuwait 3560 4363 2851 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 5306 5250 3656 Oman 5221 2225 2889 Qatar 2165 3034 3186 UAE 2316 1036 1588   The Government has taken several steps to address the issue of Indian emigrants, which include the following: ( i )         Nation-wide awareness

Major Recommendations of the Sachar Committee Report

Major Recommendations and the Implementation of the Sachar Committee Report           Major recommendations of the Report on ‘Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community of India’, prepared under the Chairmanship of Justice  Rajinder   Sachar  include the following: (i)              Access of Education – Providing free and high quality education to children up to the age of 14, opening government schools in Muslim concentration areas, awarding scholarships, modernising Madarasas , etc., (ii)            Access to Credit – Promoting and enhancing access to Muslims in Priority Sector lending, open more branches in Muslim concentration areas, promote micro finance among women, etc. (iii)            Skill Development – Opening  ITIs  and Polytechnics to focus on high growth potential in the Muslim concentration areas. (iv)           Special Area Development Initiatives – Villages/ towns/ habitations to be provided with basic amenities, good quality govern