A 12-year-old girl of a residential tribal boarding school in Palghar’s Vikramgad died Friday morning. While the post mortem report is awaited, the tragedy has put state Tribal Development Minister Vishnu Savra, who represents the constituency, in deeper trouble. The minister has already been facing flak over malnutrition related child deaths in the region.
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Kaushalya Bharsat, 12, breathed her last while being rushed to a hospital after her health deteriorated. Savra said it might not be linked to undernourishment. “A report is being sought from the local administration too,” said Savra. Incidentally, 15-year-old Kamal Chaudhary from the same school had to be hospitalised in Nashik due to serious illness.
Savra said a recent survey by his department found 6,034 children below six years malnourished in the district. Of these, 1,319 were severely malnourished, while 4,715 were moderately malnourished, he added. The government has roped in NGOs and formed a task force, and along with public health department was trying to overcome the problem.
Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, said, “The minister is responsible for the child’s death.”