It appears that the Government has finally accepted that caloric sufficiency does not make a meal nutritious. An inter-ministerial committee has recommended a significant increase in the protein and micronutrient content of midday meals.
The excessive cereals consumed by most Indians in their food is a huge problem. In essence, this is true not only for rice and wheat but also for jowar, bajra, ragi, etc.
Swachh Bharat is good, but what we really need is a ‘Swasth Bharat’ campaign targeted at fixing our unhealthy and inadequate home-cooked food. Indian diets, both urban and rural, are deficient in protein, micronutrients, and healthy fats, while having excessive carbohydrates.
A very large percentage of children in urban India, including those from well to do families, suffer from nutrition problems. These problems are widespread in children across urban India, including in homes with adequate incomes, which have no food affordability concerns.