State of calories intake in Odisha and role of public policies
Dr. Rathi Kanta Kumbhar
The paper examines the trend and pattern of calories intake in Odisha. Data from different quinquennial rounds of National Sample Survey (NSS) are analyzed and it finds – at the aggregate level there is a significant improvement in calories intake by the people of Odisha since early 1970s. The disaggregated analysis also shown a better picture of Odisha compared to all India in this regards as far as calorie intakes are concerned, the poor of Odisha are in a better position than the poor of all India. Reviews of different public policies shows- a number of positive reforms have been implemented during that time both by the centre and by the state governments to improve the food and nutritional securities in the state, which might have been the reason of such improvement.