Aamir to fight child hunger
Aamir Khan has often been the face of social causes, be it the Narmada Bachao Andolan or the Atithi Devo Bhava campaign. This time he is involving himself to fight the cause of malnutrition. Read on...entertainment Updated: Dec 16, 2010 18:37 IST
The actor has become the face of Citizens' Alliance To Fight Against Malnutrition and was recently in Delhi to discuss some core issues with some leading politicians.
The Alliance has been founded by a group of MPs-Sachin Pilot, Shahnawaz Hussain and Supriya Sule along with 20 or 25 more MPs from different political parties. Aamir was approached by them.
Aamir Khan told the tabloid, "Malnutrition is an alarming issue in the country. One in every two children in India suffers from malnutrition. For our nation to prosper, our kids have to be healthy. Malnutrition causes physical and mental problems. Often by the time you are 20 or 21 years old, you are not sharp enough because you did not receive the right kind of nutrition as a child."
The alliance is planning to launch an awareness programme through television and print medium.
The actor said, "A lot of women are economically weak so even if they are made aware, there is little they can do. There is corruption in the delivery system and so they do not reach the people."
Aamir felt that they need to inform mothers about their right to free nutrients from the local anganwadi. "Right now, they don't even know they have this right," said Aamir.
However, he ruled out joining politics.
"I agreed to join the group because it counts a couple of doctors and an NGO as its members. If it had been one political party, I would have refused. I have no interest in politics."
First Published: Dec 16, 2010 14:52 IST