After the incident of rape of women, people were questioning about the safety of women from the government. At the same time, the government itself has admitted that 1.96 lakh children are malnourished in Gujarat. It has a weight loss of 1.55 lakh children and 41,090 children are suffering from severe malnutrition. In fact, the state government presented this information in the assembly in response to a question asked by Congress MLA Poonam Parmar.
The state government said that the Anganwadi and Health Department have launched a campaign to reduce malnutrition among children. Despite the state government is providing fortified food through 53,000 Aganwadis in the state,which includes flavored milk,salt and oil the children are malnourished.
In the state, the Health Department goes door-to-door to check whether the nutritious diet is provided to the children or not. In the last five years, the government has given hot breakfast and lunch in the morning to 3 to 6 year old children in the Anganwadi center.
The government has accepted that as of June 30, 2019, 1.96 children in Gujarat are malnourished. In which 1.55 lakh children are underweight and 41,090 children are suffering from severe malnutrition. The government also confessed that the most malnourished children in Gujarat were found in tribal districts of Dahod and Narmada.Not only this, there are more malnourished children in tribal areas due to poverty and illiteracy. However, tribal are being made aware. The number of malnourished children is likely to decrease only if they become fully aware.
After getting information by the government in an assembly, the Congress has alleged that the figures released by the Gujarat government in the House are incorrect. There are more number of malnourished children in the state. There is lack of Anganwadi in tribal areas. There is no primary health center. The government only pretends to reduce malnutrition by doing big programs, but the truth is something else.