Congress MLA Sampat Singh on Wednesday placed a survey report before the Haryana Assembly,which stated that as many as 45 per cent children in the state were suffering from malnutrition.
Requesting the Haryana government to adopt suitable measures to counter malnutrition,Singh,in the Calling Attention Motion moved in the ongoing budget session of the House,said: According to a National Family Health Survey III (NFHS-III),46 per cent of the children suffer from stunting,43 per cent are underweight and 19 per cent from wasting (weight in proportion to height) in Haryana. The survey has been conducted by Hyderabad-based Nandi Foundation Study,HUNGAMA.
While replying to the motion,Women and Child Development Minister Geeta Bhukkal said,Substantial improvement has taken place in nutritional status of children. Under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme,the percentage of children in normal grade,which was 43.93 per cent in 1991-92,has improved to 56.74 per cent in March 2012. For grade-II children who suffer from moderate malnutrition,the percentage has decreased from 20.60 per cent in 1991-92 to 10.31 per cent in March 2012.
As many as 32.90 per cent Grade-I children suffering from mild malnutrition,which is very close to normal grade. Therefore,89.64 per cent (56.74 + 32.90) children are in normal or very close to normal grade,while in 1991-92,77.86 per cent children came under this category, she added.
Bhukkal further said the Foundation has conducted survey in 106 districts of Bihar,Orissa,Jharkhand,Uttar Pradesh,Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and in six districts of Kerala,Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh. The Foundation has not conducted any survey in Haryana. Therefore,comparison of data does not hold any relevance. To bring out a correct picture,we have recently assigned the work of assessment of malnutrition among children in the age of 0-5 years to the National Institute of Nutrition,Hyderabad, Bhukkal said.