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Number of underweight kids in MP alarming: NITI Aayog

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Expressing deep concern,  Ayog Writes to state govt seeking urgent action

BHOPAL : NITI Aayog has expressed its deep concern over the fact that MP has the highest number of districts with 40 per cent or more kids underweight, among all the states in the country and has written a letter to the state government asking it to take urgent steps to correct the situation.

The letter, written by Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, also contains guidelines on how to treat underweight children. The CEO said the government should take ‘serious steps’ to combat the problem.


Kant has said targets should be fixed vis-à-vis these districts and real time monitoring should be done. Though the state is third in the country in terms of underweight children, it tops in the number of districts with 40 per cent or more children of 0-5 years age-group being underweight. As many as 37 districts in the state fall in this category, which the Aayog finds ‘alarming’. The districts include Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia, Shivpuri, Tikamgarh, Chhattarpur, Panna, Umaria, Ratlam, Shajapur, Dewas, Dhar, Khargone, Badwani, Rajgarh, Vidisha, Raisen, Betul, Harda, Hoshangabad, Katni, Jabalpur, Dindori, Mandla, Chhindwara, Seoni, Balaghat, Guna, Ashoknagar, Shahdol, Anuppur, Sidhi, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Khandwa and Burhanpur.

Principal secretary, woman and child welfare JN Kansotia said the government was making serious and concerted efforts to combat malnourishment among children. He said there had been a 28 per cent drop in the number of underweight children in the country, which was the highest in the country. He said many schemes were operational in the state to deal with the problem. He said a special nutritious food programm.

e had been launched which was likely to bring about considerable improvement in the situation.

 Madhya Pradesh is third in the country in terms of underweight children

State tops in the number of districts with 40 per cent or more children of 0-5 years age-group being underweight.