The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court Monday that it has laid out comprehensive measures to tackle malnutrition in the Melghat region. A division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade was hearing a bunch of PILs about malnutrition deaths in the Melghat region and in other tribal areas.
The court, in its last hearing, had rapped the state government over non-compliance of its orders and asked for an affidavit.
In the affidavit submitted on Monday, acting advocate general Rohit Deo said the governments has proposed measures and is already implementing some in the tribal regions.
“A meeting of secretaries of health, tribal development and women and child welfare (departments) will be held to ensure better coordination, which will be closely monitored every month. The collector will have the responsibility to execute previous orders,” Deo told the court.
He also added that as proposed by the petitioner, the state has come up with a policy of mandatory rotation of doctors on duty in the tribal areas every two months and to improve their working conditions.
The affidavit also details steps being taken to enhance infrastructure, such as improving connectivity, centralised kitchen for the villages, electrification, provision of supplementary nutrition, health-checkups, non formal education, etc.
Justice Kanade once again told the state to take the help of NGOs to facilitate the schemes and ensure that nutritious food reaches every household without fail.