A Palghar district official said they had used District Planning and Development Council’s fund to stretch the six meals up till March after the programme was modified. “But funds exhausted thereafter,” he said.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel made the announcement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and said that while initial pilot projects are already in operation in Bastar, the scheme would first be launched on October 2.
In 2018, India ranked 103rd among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index. The country slipped three positions from its 100th rank in 2017. It was among the list of 45 nations that have serious levels of hunger.
While the officials had declared Tuberculosis (TB) as the cause of the seven deaths, the Right to Food Campaign report, which was released in November, said that TB as a disease is intrinsically related to malnutrition.