Patna, Oct : Taking a jibe at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), by highlighting the hypocritical attitude of their party towards Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report which pointed out malnutrition in Gujarat.
” The CAG was Lord Krishna when it came to the 2G scam, but when it comes to malnutrition, how did they become the villains? It is this same BJP that praised the CAG on the telecom scam, but when a report comes on malnutrition, they say the CAG has not done its job efficiently. It is this same CAG that has said that one out of three children is victim of malnutrition in Gujarat.”
The CAG on Friday released its report of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Gujarat, which is aimed at fighting malnutrition among children, and concluded that every third child in the state is underweight.
“Though there were 223.16 lakh eligible beneficiaries under Supplementary Nutrition (SN) programme under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), 63.37 lakh beneficiaries were left out,” the CAG said in its report, which was tabled in the state Assembly on Oct er 4.
“As against the target of 300 nutrition days annually, shortfall in providing SN was up to 96 days. Every third child in the state was reported as underweight. Shortfall of 27 per cent to 48 per cent was noticed in the implementation of nutrition programme for adolescent girls,” the report added.
The CAG report also concluded that the Gujarat population of 1.87 crore was deprived of the benefits of ICDS.
In November 2008, the Centre had directed the Gujarat government to submit a proposal for additional projects based on the revised population criteria, however, the state failed to do so.
ICDS was launched in 1975 by the Central Government to endorse the all-round development of children, -upto the age of six-expectant and lactating mothers and adolescent girls through package services comprising of nutrition, immunisation, health check-ups, health education and informal education of young children.
ICDS, which was funded entirely by the Centre till 2009, is now sponsored 10 percent by the state and 90 percent by the Centre. (ANI)