Albeit odds are against the fact that the request made by Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath for undertaking effective measures to eliminate malnutrition will have any impact on the state governments. Giving affirmation to the likely lackadaisical approach of the state governments in this context, are the prior requests made by the Union Government which also fell on deaf ears. It is highly demoralising that on one end the state governments do not shy from making tall claims of having soft corner for deprived people and those hailing for financially weak background, none the less it comes to expediting projects related to eradicate the problems being confronted by their ‘dear ones’, they lack the steadfastness and wherewithal. Their laid back attitude on the alarming issue can be gauged by the fact that Nutrition Council is yet to be constituted in the said states. Truly speaking, there is an acute shortage of 1.33 lakh Anganwadi centres in the country. These shortcomings are mostly in areas which are more vulnerable to malnutrition. This clearly indicates the lack of thrust and grit required for the eradication of child malnutrition. Now, it is evident that setting up Anganwadi centres and appointing the required staffs are not the sole solution to the grave issue. Making situation even worse, several states have yet not constituted an effective mechanism to monitor the Anganwadi centres. As a result, the food meant to be distributed to women and children at Anganwadi centres is either being sold in retail market or is left to rotten. The Union government should be well-versed with the fact that through black-marketing nutrients are being fed to the animals in different parts of the country. In fact, it is the main reason which has accounted for country’s feeble performance of the international level in cases related to women and child malnutrition. In a major discomfiture, all the reports of Humanity Development Index clearly showcase the country’s failure to address the problem of malnutrition.

Why do our policy makers fail to fathom that the successful implementation of a public welfare plan is not possible without constituting an effective mechanism? The lack of effective mechanism in context to the public welfare plan is accounting for a heavy loss to the government’s exchequer. It is startling that the state governments as well as the Centre are adopting a sloppy attitude towards the formation of effective mechanism for the proper implementation of projects. Therefore, most of the public welfare plans are being marred by corruption and irregularities. At times, it appears that people holding the key portfolios have lost the will power to figure out solution for the perennial problems. However, not only projects on malnutrition, rather several other public welfare plans have fallen prey to complacent approach of the concerned authorities.  A glaring example in this regard is the pessimistic approach of the state governments in implementation of the Saakshar Bharat Mission project launched by the Centre in 2009. To ensure the success of any public welfare plan, it has become essential to overcome the pessimistic approach and the irresponsible behaviour which have crept in the administrative machinery.