Venkatesan Ramani
Ramani profile

Venkatesan Ramani is a retired IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, with degrees in economics and law. He has served in various capacities in the Governments of India and Maharashtra between 1980 and 2010. His last official assignment was as Director General of the Maharashtra State Nutrition Mission, which he helped set up in 2005. The Mission’s work in child malnutrition reduction saw significant improvements in the nutrition status of under-2 children. He continues to work in this area with governments, corporates and non-profits. His blogsite The Gadfly Column analyses current happenings in India and elsewhere.


Articles by Venkatesan Ramani


A young Indian girl child standing next to a weighing scale
Health

January 10, 2018
Child malnutrition: Using data more effectively
Our success at reducing child malnutrition will depend on how well we are able to use data to inform our policy and programmes related to addressing the problem.
women in a self help group
Health

September 5, 2017
The commercialisation of nutrition – Maharashtra comes full circle
There’s been much debate about the Maharashtra government's recent policy to replace hot cooked meals with fortified pre-mixes for children in anganwadis. What are the implications of this misplaced policy on children, women and society?
baby being fed milk
Advocacy & Government

August 24, 2017
What trips street-level bureaucracy?
Misplaced focus, socio-cultural barriers and inadequate infrastructure are among the factors that prevent the state machinery from implementing programmes in the intended manner.