According to the Indian Medical Association, anaemia is one of the leading causes of school dropouts and results in lower mental and motor development, fatigue and low productivity in adulthood. There are various estimates of the impact on GDP; according to The Micronutrient Initiative, India loses 1.27 per cent of its GDP annually due to anaemia.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP), is responding to the needs of Zimbabweans who require food aid during the 2010-2011 lean season. USAID is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the lead agency in a consortium which includes ACDI/VOCA and CARE, to implement the Promoting Recovery in Zimbabwe (PRIZE) program. The United States government is the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe. Since 2002, the United States has contributed more than $1 billion to humanitarian operations in Zimbabwe.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 30.07 crore as loan assistance to the State Government of Karnataka for rural infrastructure in various districts of the State. The projects sanctioned cover rural roads, bridges, minor irrigation (MI) projects and buildings of Anganwadis. These projects have been sanctioned under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF XVI). The cumulative sanction to the State in 2010-11 stood at Rs 403.02 crore. The road, bridge and MI projects have been sanctioned to nine districts which had been badly affected by last year's floods. The projects would provide connectivity to 26 marketing centres, besides generation of nonrecurring employment of 3.26 lakh man-days. Implementation of the eight MI projects is expected to increase the irrigation potential in three districts to 522 hectares.
The Union government has sanctioned Rs.22.5 crore to Tamil Nadu for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY – Prime Minister's Model Village Scheme) in 225 villages of Tiruvarur and Cuddalore districts. A sum of Rs.10 lakh for each village has been approved. Tamil Nadu is one of the five States where the scheme is being implemented on a pilot basis. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam and Bihar are the others. Villages have been chosen where Scheduled Castes form more than 50 per cent of the total population.
Let us pay tribute to teachers who help shape and challenge the minds of the young, and guide and train them for lifelong learning, thereby contributing to the social, economic, and intellectual development of our nation . Perhaps the most precious gift that we can give them on World Teachers’ Day is to show them that we have become the best of what we can be – responsible, caring, and contributing citizens of our country and the global community.