little over 5,300 malnourished children in the taluka during a survey covering 23,800 children and had launched a feeding programme for them under the Mission Bal Sukham.
According to a report released under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme of the central government last year, of the 39 lakh children registered with the ICDS in Gujarat, 13 lakh were found malnourished.
The government told the Assembly that various steps, including providing nutrient diets to the affected children up to the age of 6, were being taken to address the issue. The government said that diet programmes from 15 to 300 days long are being held based on the requirement and condition of the children.
Mission Bal Sukham was launched in August 2012 soon after Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s comments in an interview to a foreign publication, wherein he had blamed the state’s high malnourishment levels on figure-conscious women and a largely vegetarian diet.