National human rights body has issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan government after 116 children died of malnutrition in just 5 months in the state.
Malnutrition-related deaths have been a big issue plaguing the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh.
Not so long ago, the opposition Congress had staged protests with the MP Congress president Arun Yadav observing a day-long maun vrat (silent protest) over the issue of malnutrition, which the party claimed, had taken the lives of “over one lakh children in the last 12 years”.
“More than one lakh children died due to malnutrition in the state since last 12 years despite the government spending over Rs 22 billion to tackle it under different schemes every year,” a statement issued by the party on the occasion said.
“This year alone, more than 9,000 kids died due to this,” it said.
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(With PTI inputs)