Bihar: ‘55% of population malnourished’
Patna: A survey has claimed that 55 percent of population in Bihar was malnourished and 70 percent of women and children were anaemic due to low intake of food apparently due to poverty.
"Bihar has attained 8-10 percent growth rate due to
development in tertiary sector, but 55 percent of its people
were suffering from malnourishment and 70 percent of women
and children were anaemic due to low intake of food and other
supplements," the Advisor to Commissioner of the Supreme Court
Rupesh told reporters here.
"The state government has failed to effectively
implement the central flagship programmes like the mid-day
meal, NRHM, MNREGA, which could have been benefited the rural
people in terms of income generation and has taken no
initiatives on its own like improvement in PDS, transparency
in distribution mechanism and investment in social sector and
agriculture since 2005," Rupesh said.
The Advisor to the Commissioner of the Supreme Court
questioned the state government`s claim "of 100 percent
coverage of the people under PDS and said that the figure was
way of the mark as the people in several districts were not
getting foodgrains due to absence of dealers."
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