Malnutrition in child are increasing in prime minister Narendra Modi constituency Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working on developing the country towards a developing country from the developing world, while there are still Lakhs of children in Varanasi, whose parliamentary constituency is hunting for malnutrition. Children facing malnutrition in Varanasi the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but no action is taken to provide nutrition and proper treatment and administration is not caring of. So NGO files Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Allahabad High Court, So High Court has sought a counter affidavit on PIL highlighting malnutrition among the children of several villages in Varanasi district.
Over one lakh children have been identified as malnourished from urban and rural areas of Varanasi in the survey of Child Development Department under Central Government. Under the Child Development Project, 379276 children of Varanasi were weighed in 0 to 5 years. In this, on the basis of weight, more than one lakh children were found in the category of malnutrition and 23313 children were found to be extremely malnourished.
High Court division bench, in its order dated June 20, directed the Varanasi district magistrate to file his reply on a PIL filed by the NGO Jan Adhikar Manch. According to the petition that following media reports about malnutrition among the children of Harhua block in the district, it had sent a fact-finding team to five villages between May and June and the team confirmed that at least 22 children were malnourished, three of them acutely.
In PIL it has alleged that some of these children remained malnourished, despite having undergone treatment at a malnutrition rehabilitation centre in Varanasi city since they did not get nutritious food, including a certain quantity of desi ghee once daily, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the state’s Directorate of Child Development Service and Nutrition.
The petitioner NGO has prayed for directions to the district magistrate to “ensure the daily and uninterrupted supply of nutritious food to the 22 malnourished children” and to “monitor its implementation on a monthly basis”. NGO has also prayed for directions for “constitution of different teams in all the eight blocks of Varanasi district to identify the malnourished children in all the villages”, so that medicines and nutrition could be provided to them. IN PIL NGO has also appended photographs of some of the malnourished children in the age group of one to six years. High court has fixed July 4 as the next date of hearing in the matter and directed the Varanasi district magistrate to file a counter affidavit.
The facts included in PIL is of acertain area Children but according to media reports in the rural areas, the highest number of 3652 children are in the category of malnourished. The number of malnourished children in the Kashi Vidyapeeth block is 3193, in Sewapuri 2205, 2336 in Chirigaon, 1762 in Pindra, 1603 in Harihua, 1605 in Bargaon and 1906 children in Cholapur block are in the category of very malnourished.
The number of highly malnourished children in the city area is more than 5000 according to records of the Child Development Department. After identification of malnourished children, health department has claimed to planned to nurture the children. Under this claim Nutrition is given to the malnourished children with treatment. According to the Health Department statistics, so far the health of 7894 children has improved.
Many schemes are being run by the central government and the state government for the poor families and children, including rural areas and backward areas, but the figures of malnourished children have been revealed so that these schemes are limited to only paper.