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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hunger capital of India : madhya pradesh

I put a post on Khalwa also earlier.
It is strange that neither Naidunia nor Dainik Bhaskar have put any insightful rpeorts on issue. They just visited places and reported. There is something beyond these - analysis and investigative journalism but either they are not capable or they have been paid adequately.

A third more important reason could be no one gives a damn to poor tribal children.
CM was crisscrossing state but steered clear of the area. Health or women development minister also did not bother to go there. Only Vijayvargiya went and that too because he is district in charge of Khandwa.

Opposition, intellectuals or tribal leaders are mum.
No one is trying to find out that how vegetarian diet devoid of fish and meat ( MP is not on sea shore) harms poor disproportionately.
How MP never excels in sports
What is nutrition status in various tribal schools in districts.
How are STs from MP doing on national level exams and recruitment.
Why there is no prominent person from ST is arts, education, industry and other fields.

RSS will do better to look into these things than just holding Hindu sammelans once a few year

" Madhya Pradesh becomes republic of hunger
Rubina Khan Shapoo
Thursday, October 16, 2008, (Khandwa)
On world food day, worry high food and fuel prices will lead to nearly one billion malnourished people across the world.

And in India, one of the main problems is the sheer number of underweight children. It is the highest in the world though India has the largest child development programme.

The Madhya Pradesh government claims it has managed to drastically cut down malnutrition rates in the state through its Bal Sanjivani campaign, but over the last four months, 361 severely malnourished children have reportedly died.

In fact, pressure on Anganwadi workers have been so much that they have stopped registering malnourished children and many have even perished without a trace.

Rajaram has spent two weeks at the government-run nutritional rehabilitation center in Khandwa, but bafflingly, he doesn't exist in the local Anganwadi records in his village.

The much hyped Bal Sanjivani campaign was launched to identify malnourished children and monitor their growth. Instead, Anganwadi workers stopped registering severely malnourished children to meet targets.

At Karwani village, where seven malnutrition deaths have been reported recently, the daily attendance register at the Anganwadi shows 100 per cent attendance of children below five, including two and a half year old Ramraj, who died of severe malnutrition on July 30. In fact, he ate a hot meal at the Anganwadi for a week even after his death.

There is no record of two-year-old Aarti, who also died of malnutrition.
So it isn't hard to understand how the Bal Sanjivani programme has come up with glowing results, even though the situation is so grim on the ground.
In its report published in May 2008, severe malnutrition in the state has come down sharply from 5.5 per cent to 0.56 per cent, a drastic contrast to the 2007 National Family Health Survey, which reported more than double (12.6 per cent) are severely malnourished in Madhya Pradesh, the highest in the country.

"Malnutrition was not the reason. They died because of viral fever," said Kailash Vijayvargiye, spokesperson, Madhya Pradesh.

In its bid to spruce up its image quickly, the MP government's plan misfired. Setting targets to improve the health status of children below five has only resulted in more pressure on Anganwadi workers who have chosen to deny those who need them the most."

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