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.
During the last hearing, the petitioners - some activists and NGOs - working in the tribal areas informed the bench that 318 children had died due to malnutrition and lack of medical care between September, 2017 and January, 2018 in Melghat and its neighbouring areas.
Officials of the Women and Child Development Department said around 7,300 backyard gardens have been developed in eight districts — Pune, Thane, Palghar, Yavatmal, Jalgaon, Parbhani, Osmanabad and Wardha — after an MoU was singed in 2015 with the Reliance Foundation in the first phase.