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One in 3 Gujarat kids malnourished: CAG

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 05, 2013
First Published: 23:58 IST(5/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:49 IST(6/10/2013)

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report slammed the Narendra Modi government for shoddy implementation of the integrated child development scheme (ICDS) saying every third child in the state was underweight.

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The federal auditor also busted the propaganda of the Modi administration regarding measures it had taken to fight chronic malnutrition among women and children in Gujarat.

“Though there were 223.16 lakh people eligible to benefit from the supplementary nutrition programme of the ICDS, 63.37 lakh people were left out,” stated the auditor in its report that was tabled in the state assembly on Friday.

According to the CAG, 1.87 crore people were deprived of ICDS benefits in the state due to inefficient working of the centrally sponsored scheme that is meant to fight malnutrition among children.

The auditor also slammed the Gujarat government for flawed implementation of costal security project — building costal police stations and outposts inland — and also National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

The auditor found that the state authorities had built costal police stations and outposts inland. The CAG said only 7% JNNURM projects were completed.

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‘New standard to blame’

New Delhi: Modi’s aides, however, claimed that the figures looked alarming because in 2010 the Centre implemented the new WHO growth standard which is based on three gradation zones. This helped them address the issue of malnourished children and taking them out of the list of the undernourished. “Gujarat has fully implemented the new growth standards in one year, therefore there was an increase of 4.75% in the number of severely underweight children,” an official statement said.


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