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NHRC links high malnutrition among Odisha children to malfunctioning anganwadis

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 12:

Expressing serious concern over the high rate of malnutrition among children in Odisha, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday said it was indicative of Anganwadi Centres not being managed properly in the state.

 

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Photo Courtesy: iijnm.org

Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of the three-day camp court of the Commission here on Wednesday, NHRC’s member S C Sinha said: “The high number of malnutrition cases, poor quality health service, awful state of anganwadi centres, and alleged starvation deaths are some of the major concern areas for the NHRC.”

“We have made several recommendations to the government on the issues of improvement in mid-day meal for children, improvement of public health centres, inadequate doctors in rural pockets, implementation of MGNREGA and issue of migrant labourers,” said Sinha.

Sinha said the NHRC often conducts surprise checks through its own organizational network and gets feedback on the functioning of welfare programmes of the government.

He said the Commission would like to monitor social welfare schemes being implemented by the state government.

During its camp sitting here, the Commission recommended monetary compenstaion to victims in three cases totaling Rs 5.30 lakh, issued show cause notices in eight cases and ordered enhancement of compensation amount in two cases while ordering the closure of three cases..