Major part of population suffers from malnutrition in Bihar

The report of a panel appointed by the Supreme Court has revealed that 55 percent population in Bihar is suffering from malnutrition and due to the lack of proper balanced diet at least 70 percent females and children are suffering from anemia or lack of blood.

On the basis of a survey conducted in 33 villages under seven districts, the panel has come to a conclusion that 45 crore people in Bihar are under BPL. It was revealed that in spite of a growth rate of 8 to 10 percent, BPL people in Bihar are earning less than Rs 20.

In the agriculture dominant state, at least 80 percent people are earning from farming and hence the agriculture sector has to be given first priority. The productions of vegetable and fruits are sufficient to cater to the increasing population. The state, which is already fighting with conditions like drought and floods, is now witnessing its people migrating to other states in search of jobs, the report said. Farmers, weavers and labourers are the worst sufferers.

In such a scenario, the report emphasized that the state government should pay extra attention to females and senior citizens.

Although schemes like MNREGA, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), National Rural Health Mission (NHRM), Mid-Day Meal (MDM), Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS), have rendered some fruits but the corruption involved is proving a hindrance in the roads of development. Poverty eradication, health and development programmes are also not working in full swing.

In the report it is stated that even after the Supreme Court order no improvement has been made in the conditions of Anganwadi kids and pregnant women.

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