The workshop in which, the said charity in Karnataka participated, was inaugurated by Latha Krishna Rao, Additional Chief Secretary, Food and Supplies Department. Many other dignitaries were also present in the workshop inaugural. As an organisation that implements Mid-Day Meal Scheme to feed hungry children, Akshaya Patra was also a participant of the event.
As it implements Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Akshaya Patra was invited to provide its view points for the chapter Nutrition and Food, an intrinsic part of State Human Development Report. The charity in Karnataka was presented with its opportunity due to its rich experience and expertise on the subject. Akshaya Patra started its programme to feed hungry children in the year 2000.
The objectives of the proposed report are
- To assess the status of Human Development in the State
- To identify trends and key indicators
- To outline crucial issues with focus on regional
- To develop strategies to attain inclusive growth
Akshaya Patra, organisation that feed hungry children, has also presented the author with Dietary Guidelines published by National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad (a brief on Nutrition & Cognitive Development by NFSMI; NFHS-3, Nutrition In India) that could be referred while compiling the report.
Dr M S Tara, Regional Director (Bangalore), National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) at the end of workshop expressed that all the inputs given by the group members will be considered for making of the report. All the vital points given by Akshaya Patra, NGO partner of Mid-Day Meal Scheme in many parts of Karnataka, were taken into consideration.
The Charity in Karnataka, Akshaya Patra feels honoured by this opportunity to participate with the senior members such as G Kumar Naik, Managing Director, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited; S V Ranganath, Former Chief Secretary, and Shankarlinge Gowda, Former Principal Secretary, GoK. For Akshaya Patra, the NGO that feed hungry children, this was a great learning experience with an opportunity to be part of discussions related to Human Development.