New Delhi: Malnutrition in children is a big challenge for India but the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had taken steps to deal with the problem, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.
Addressing the nation on the 66th Independence Day, the prime minister said: "Malnutrition in children is a big challenge for us. We have taken steps in many dimensions to deal with this problem."
"In the last eight years, the number of mothers and children benefiting from the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Service) has doubled," he said.
The prime minister said that the process of making ICDS more effective was in its last stages and would be completed in the next one or two months.