Malnourishment is a serious issue which India hasn’t dealt with. Recently, it has come to light that out of every three kids in a BMC school, one is suffering from malnourishment. In 2013-14, 30,461 children were malnourished, so in 2015-16, 1,30,680 children have been found to be suffering from the same. These numbers are heart-wrecking.The numbers have gone up over four times!
In BMC schools, students from grade one to grade five are provided with food. In the last couple of years, there have been cutbacks in the budget for the meals. Praja Foundation has disclosed this piece of information.
In the Govandi area of Mumbai, 51 percent of kids are malnourished, whereas, in areas like Chembur, Colaba, Grant Road, Byculla, and Matunga have an increased number of malnourished kids as well.
In 2013-14, the number of malnourished children in the first grade were 3,123. This number went up to 10,802 in 2015-16.
The number of malnourished children from the fifth grade in 2013-14 were 2,591 and that number went up to 10,562 in 2015-16.
Praja Foundation’s activist, Milind Mhaske, has expressed his concerns over the current scenario in BMC schools.
Mumbai needs to look out for these kids and make sure this unnerving situation changes. We need to take a powerful stance against this serious problem.