Bangalore: A Karnataka High Court-appointed committee today said the state government should take up as a top priority medical treatment of 68,000 children suffering from malnutrition. The panel`s chairman and high court Judge Justice N K Patil noted that many of these kids were in "end-stage" and told the government to extend individual medical assistance rather than treating them uniformly. The nine-member committee was constituted by the court after B L Patil of NGO Vimochana Sangha wrote - following a news channel report of children suffering from malnutrition - to the Chief Justice Vikramjit Singh to look into the issue. The CJ converted it into a PIL and asked it to look into various aspects in this context. The government had told the court that 68,000 children were suffering from malnutrition. Justice Patil favoured providing food to children in anganwadis as per the food habits of the region and not a standard menu for the entire state. He indicated that this suggestion would form part of the committee recommendations in the interim action plan report to be submitted to the High Court on June 12.
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