Governor of Maharashtra,K Sankaranarayanan,who was in the city on Monday,called for a single line of administration,proper coordination among various departments,monitoring and effective implementation of existing schemes to reduce the incidence of malnutrition in the scheduled tribal areas of the state. He advised the state government to put a senior officer in charge of scheduled areas to whom all departments will be answerable in order to have effective monitoring of the situation.
Addressing a meeting,Ministers of Tribal Development Madhukarrao Pichad,Minister for Health Suresh Shetty,Minister for Women and Child Welfare Varsha Gaikwad,and Minister of State Rajendra Gavit,and senior officials,Sankaranarayanan said he intends to convene a larger meeting with the chief minister and other concerned ministers to follow up on the issue.
We need to take efforts to create awareness among tribals about health issues and persuade them against early marriages also, he said,adding that strengthening the public distribution system in scheduled areas will also be helpful.
Gaikwad apprised the governor that about the 25 departments that are associated with malnutrition,directly or indirectly. Blaming the practice of early marriages,and superstitions prevailing among some communities as causes for malnutrition,she expressed the need for generating social awareness. She also called for efforts to reduce the incidence of school dropout among tribal girls.