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Though suicides by financially distressed farmers continue to make news from Vidarbha there is another equally tragic, and persistent, story that refuses to go away. It is about deaths of children due to malnutrition in the tribal hill tracts of Melghat. The number of malnourished children in Melghat is startling. Comments plz.

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Asked by joey, 11 Feb '11 08:45 am
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The zilla parishad health administration has identified 6,000 chidren as suffering from severe malnutrition in Melghat alone and 11,000 others were categorised as suffering from moderate acute malnutrition. This, despite the fact that there are 11 primary health centres in Melghat, various schemes like Child Development Centres, Day Care Centres, Matrutva Anudan scheme, Pada volunteers scheme focusing on the overall health of the tribals. Every year 400-500 children between the ages of 0 and 6 die in the region, comprising Chikhaldhara and Dharni talukas, according to official figures. Melghat is among extremely remote and poor communities in Amravati district. 51.28% of families are below the poverty line. Malnutrition is a byword in the forested hills of the Melghat region inhabited mostly by Korku Adivasis. Korkus are descendents of migrant people from bihar brought during british regime for labour. It has been assessed that this tribe is almost 300 yrs behind the present world. Th ...more
Answered by sumati gayki, 11 Feb '11 08:58 am

 
  
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Govt has to declare population as liabilty during senses ,Developing uneducated under prevelaged poor population is always seen as sympathy but when it comes to help them ,if some social organisations are working ,people expect them to work voluntarly,If some Govt or private agencies are working then it comes to issue of distribution of facilites rightly ,So it is better to participate schools to have some camps in such areas and introducing such population to main stream with these camps,some awareness in individual development can be considered through verious programs.Coz I remember one such camp during my schools days in such dense areas, so living for few days could be a thrilling expereince , asking any urban population for job is very deficult to digest in these days,
Answered by vilas manohar deshpande, 11 Feb '11 08:07 pm

 
  
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