India has enjoyed steady economic growth and has achieved self-sufficiency in grain production in recent years. Despite this, high levels of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition persist.
Around 21.25 percent of the population lives on less than US$1.90 a day, and levels of inequality and social exclusion are very high reports Rome based World Food Program which operates in 80 countries across global .WFP has been working in India since 1963 with various governments and NGOs.
The Central government Health departments report stated that 116 malnourished children died last year, but State Minister for Women and Child Development Archana Chitnis is claiming that no death was reported due to malnutrition during 2015 and 2016.
The BJP Minister was reportedly forced to release the original figures after it came under severe criticism by the former BJP Chief Minister of the state, Babulal Gaur.
In BJP ruled state for the third term Madhya Pradesh not only has one of the lowest infant mortality rate, but also the highest death rate in rural areas, with over 8 deaths per 1,000 people per year.
BJP Minister for Women and Child Development Archana Chitnis had told Press that 25,440 children under six years of age lose their lives to diseases like diarrhoea and measles.
At least 64 children, below the age of six, died everyday due to malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh in 2016, making the BJP-ruled state to have one of the worst child mortality rate, Outlook India also reported.
Earlier Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi during July 2016 in a written reply in Rajya Sabha said Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of malnourished children in the country with 74.1 per cent of those under the age of five suffering from anaemia and 60 per cent from malnutrition.
According to the data of National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3) 2005-06, 42.5 per cent of the country's children under the age of five are malnourished and 69.5 per cent are anaemic.
While Jharkand has the second highest number of malnourished children (56.5 per cent) . MP and Jharkand voted for BJP’s lotus symbol both in state and central election in large.
The three time ruled BJP strong hold Gujarat state under then Cheif Minister Mr.Modi malnourished Children rates is 44.7% that is 12% higher than African states Somalia and Etopia according to International Food Policy Research Institute
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