The Akshaya Patra Foundation was invited to be an expert group member as part of the workshop conducted in March 2014, by the Karnataka State Planning Department, in association with the UNDP-Planning Commission to bring the third state Human Development Report 2014 under the project of ‘Human Development: Towards Bridging Equalities.’
The programme was inaugurated by Latha Krishna Rao, the Additional Chief Secretary, Food and Supplies Department, alongside dignitaries like Dr S Madheswaran, Adviser; V Manjula, Principal Secretary of Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics Department and Ambika Prasad, an UNDP Representative.
The report is expected to discuss various topics under human development in Karnataka and analyse key issues focusing on regional and social inequality. The Planning Department created a detailed note outlining the structure of the chapters with the different perspectives to be covered. The main objectives of the report are:
- Assessing the status of human development in Karnataka
- Identifying trends and key indicators of human development
- Outlining crucial human development issues focusing on regional and social inequality
- Developing strategies to achieve inclusive growth
In the discussion on nutrition and food, a crucial element to the State Human Development Report, The Akshaya Patra Foundation emphasised the need for the mid-day meal programme to be more stringently implemented across Karnataka. The organisation also detailed the need for nutrition in the physical and cognitive development of children, and how the right nutrient intake can have a profound impact on the learning abilities and skill acquisition of children; factors that affect the employability and standard of living the children will enjoy in the future.
Akshaya Patra was chosen to participate in this programme because of its rich expertise in the area of nutrition and food. The Foundation was thrilled to be given an opportunity to share a platform with such esteemed persons like S V Ranganath, Former Chief Secretary, GoK; G Kumar Naik, Managing Director, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited; Ramesh Zalki, Former Principal Secretary, GoK and Shankarlinge Gowda, Former Principal Secretary, GoK.
This knowledge sharing session was indeed a great step toward achieving the goals that the Human Development Report 2014 outlines.