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Venkaiah Naidu calls for well-strategized, collective action on multiple fronts to ensure well-being of young children

Adequate nutrition and positive caring environment are important for a child’s development- Vice President

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New Delhi , 04 Sep 2020

The Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu today called for a well-strategized collective action on multiple fronts to ensure well-being of young children for India to take full advantage  of demographic dividend.Child development should be the foundation of our development architecture, the Vice President said while releasing ‘The State of Young Child in India’  report, a comprehensive account of the challenges related to early child development in India.The report has been prepared by Mobile Creches a policy advocacy organisation  which works with the underprivileged children across India. Appreciating the report, Shri Naidu said that such reports help in policy formulation by developing greater  understanding of the shortcomings and urgent needs of the children. He also appreciated the publisher Taylor & Francis Group for making the digital copy of report freely  available for everyone.Underlining the importance of ensuring healthy, happy, caring and playful early years for children for their holistic development, he observed that adequate  nutrition and positive caring environment at home play an important role in a child’s development. The years from birth until the age of five were critical, he pointed out.Shri Naidu  said that for healthy development, children should grow up in an environment where their emotional, social, educational and other needs are fully met. Educated and healthy  people with a good foundation in the early years contribute to the financial and social wealth of their societies.

Pointing out that poor nutrition hampers physical as well as intellectual development of children, Shri Naidu said it would make them vulnerable to illness and affect their  performance in school. “We need to understand the crucial importance of this aspect of national development and take effective steps to ensure all children have a healthy start  to their lives”, he added.Quoting from the report, the Vice President said that of the 159 million children aged below 6 years in India, 21 per cent are undernourished, 36 per cent  are underweight and 38 per cent do not receive full immunization. “These figures underline the crucial importance to invest in early childhood for realizing the full potential in later  years”, he stressed.Referring to several comprehensive policies and flagship programmes like the ICDS and India’s conscious efforts to meet the international commitments like  the UN Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC), he said the challenges were still huge and need to be addressed.Shri Naidu said it was important for all stakeholders,  including the government, policy makers and civil society organizations to intensify their efforts in ensuring the well-being of the young child through better policies and effective  programmatic interventions.Maintaining that the children are our future, the Vice President said “we should take care of them”. He emphasised the need for uplift of the last man  in true spirit of Antyodaya as espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.Ms. Amrita Jain, Chairperson of Mobile Creches, Ms Devika Singh, Co founder of  Mobile Creches, Ms Sumitra Mishra, Executive Director, Shri Sanjay Kaul, IAS (Retd), Member, Dr Shashank Sinha, Publishing Director of Taylor and Francis Group, Dr Anuradha  Rajivan, IAS (Retd), Lead technical advisor, Shri N Ram, former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu were among the dignitaries who participated in the virtual release of the report.


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