NHRC blames Govt for High Malnutrition Rate among Kids in Odisha


Bhubaneswar, Nov 13: Expressing a serious concern over the high percentage of malnutrition among children in Odisha, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday said this indicated that the  Anganwadi Centres were not being managed properly in the state.

On the concluding day of the 3-day camp court in the state capital, the Commission on Wednesday said that 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 NHRC member SC Sinha.

The Commission often conducts surprise checks through its own organisational networks and gets feedback on the functioning of the welfare programmes of the government.

However, the Commission would like to monitor different social schemes being implemented by the state government.

During its 3-day camp here, the Commission recommended monetary compensations a total of Rs 5.30 lakh to the victims in three cases, issued show cause notices in 8 cases and ordered to enhance the compensation amount in two cases 

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