Death of 43 children not due to malnutrition: Jhabua Admin
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 19:13
Bhopal: The Jhabua district administration in Madhya Pradesh has denied the allegation that 43 kids had died due to malnutrition in its tribal-dominated Meghnagar block from October-December last year.

In its reply submitted to Sachin Jain, State advisor to Commissioners of Supreme Court in the right to food case of 2001, after he took suo motu cognisance of reports on children deaths and sent a notice, the Jhabua collector Jagdish Sharma has stated that no kid had died of malnutrition.

Sharma said that 16 deaths had taken place due to anaemia and other diseases, while 12 children died after moving to other adjoining states. The Jhabua district administration has stated that the reason for the remaining deaths was not known, Jain said today.

"I got the reply of Collector on Tuesday (March 9) after some delay," he said adding that he was analysing it before drawing any conclusion.

"If needed, an inquiry will be conducted into the deaths," he added.

Jain had on February 5 had sought details from the Jhabua district administration following newspapers reports and a finding of the NGOs - Madhya Pradesh Lok Sanghash Sajha Manch and Right to Food Campaign Madhya Pradesh - stating that 43 kids, mostly tribals and dalits, have died of alleged malnutrition in Meghnagar block of Jhabua district.


First Published: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 19:13

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