More than 3000 students from city schools have taken up the cause of sensitising the state government to malnutrition deaths in the Melghat area of Amravati district, which records the highest number of child deaths due to lack of essential nutrients.
In the second week of November, students will start a signature campaign, come up with murals and drawings on malnutrition and submit it to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.
The campaign, organised by Goregaon-based New Horizon Development Centre (NHDC) and Yashwantrao Chavan Prathisthan, a non-government organisation (NGO) in Churchgate, will start after Nationalist Congress Party’s member of parliament Supriya Sule’s visit to Melghat on November 4.
“Through this campaign, we want pressure the government to implement various schemes in Melghat,” said Samir Dalwai, NHDC founder.
In the past four months, 266 children have died due to malnutrition in Melghat.
Schools under the banner of Pawar Public School, Billabong School and Podar International School, Santacruz have come together to raise awareness.
“We will send few of our children to Melghat during the community service week where students will understand the adversities of the area. These projects will be a part of the community service and students will also be graded on the same,” said Vandana Lulla, director, Podar International School.