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Mah govt to conduct survey of malnourished children

Written by: Staff
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Mumbai, July 5 (UNI) Maharashtra Government today told the Legislative Assembly it will conduct a survey of malnourished children between the age group of 0 to six years in slums of the capital city soon.

Replying to the discussion on the issue raised by Dattaji Nalawade (Shiv Sena) and others through a calling attention notice, Women and Child Welfare Minister Harshvardhan Patil said he would soon convene a meeting of elected representatives from Mumbai, civic authorities, Women and Child Welfare Department, Health, Food and Civil supplies Department to discuss the issue and frame a policy to tackle the malnutrition in Mumbai's slums.

He said 1092 new 'anganwadis' have been sanctioned to provide supplementary nutritious food to children in declared slums in the city.

Mr Patil admitted 91 children between the age group of 0 to six year were found to be malnourished under the integrated child development scheme in suburban Bhandup area in North-east Mumbai.

He said the children came from families who were evicted from Mankhurd slum encroachments which lacked hygenic conditions and added the governnent has decided to provide 300 calories of supplementary nutritious food at Rs two through women's local self help groups.

Nawab Malik of NCP asked for extending the 'anganwadi' scheme to undeclared slums as well. ''The problem of encroachments is very complex and construction workers live there. The facility should be extended to them too,'' he said.

The minister said the government would consider the members' demand for providing jobs to evicted slum dwellers. He also said a scheme of having a separate cell in city's hospitals to treat malnourished children will be considered.

Mr Patil said the government has proposed that one 'anganwadi' will cover a population of 250 persons and an area of three km as against the previous criteria of population of 1000 persons and five km radius.

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