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Karnataka has 66,344 malnourished kids: Minister

Posted on Dec 05, 07:46PM | UNI

Reflecting the seriousness of the social problem malnourishment affecting the children in Karnataka, women and Child Development minister Kalakappa Bandi today informed the Legislative Assembly that the state had a total of 66,344 malnourished children, with the highest recorded in the Belgaum district.

Answering a question by Congress MLA U T Khadar during the Question Hour, the Minister said the government has started Bala Sanjeevini programme to distribute egg and milk to children severely affected by malnutrition.

Mr Khadar, however, insisted that the government should extend the programme for all the children to prevent malnutrition. He also asked the government to increase number of camps to identify children ailing from malnutrition.

The Deputy leader of the Opposition T B Jayachandra said that the Government is not taking action in this regard, despite being pulled up by the High Court of Karnataka.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister C T Ravi assured the Assembly that the government would lift the restriction on the appointment of lecturers in aided colleges as they faced shortage of teachers.