ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poor Methodology

This is in response to “Managing Childhood Under-Nutrition: Role and Scope of Health Services” (Rajib Dasgupta et al, EPW, 21 April 2012) on the methodology that has been described in the article.

The article points to a diverse range of problems that the Integrated Child Development Services programme is plag­ued with. It points out issues such as “difficulties in distribution of food, poor cooking infrastructure, inadequate space, lack of drinking water…perception that this is a service for the poor, …mushrooming of private playschools”, exclusion of backward castes due to bad location of anganwadi centres, incongruence in timing of anganwadi centres and demand of work on women, migration-based employment, non-functional weig­hing machines, staff shortages, bad roads, delayed release of funds, etc.

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