POVERTY IN INDIA
The Planning Commission said 29.8% of India's 1.21 billion people live below the poverty line.
Malnutrition is a fairly wide-spread and complex problem that poses a serious threat to life in some parts of the world. Recent estimates point out that one in every four children under-five (including 146 million children in the developing world) is underweight (UNICEF, 2006). Of the 146 million, 78 million children are in South Asia. According to another estimate that used two indicators (the prevalence of early childhood stunting and the number of people living in absolute poverty), there are more than 200 million children under 5 years in developing countries, mostly in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa who are not fulfilling their developmental potential (Grantham-McGregor et al, 2007). Poor nutrition contributes to about 5.6 million child deaths per year and more than half of the total deaths take place in India. A more serious concern is the fact that the number of children under-five who are underweight has remained almost unchanged since 1990 (UNICEF, 2006). This is particularly true for India where the number of malnourished children has not changed significantly as seen from the National Health and Family Survey data in all the three surveys. The percentage of underweight children in the country was 53.4 in 1992; it decreased to 45.8 in 1998 and again rose to 47 in 2006 (IIPS, 1995, 2000, 2007). A government-supported survey in 2012 said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago. The statistic - which means 3,000 children dying daily due to illnesses related to poor diets. The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to admit malnutrition was "a national shame" and was putting the health of the nation in jeopardy.
Initiative of Aim India Foundation towards helping the underprivileged people to make their life easier.
The brutal cold nights troubles millions of Indians, who are compelled to make the streets their home. Through this initiative, we are trying to bring some warmth into their lives. This programme has been designed to save the life of children and old street dwelling people.
Aim India Foundation distributs garment to poorest of the poor part of the society,