Over 33 lakh of malnourished children in India, 17.7 lakh of them severely malnourished: government data

According to government figures, currently more than 33 lakh of children in India are undernourished. More than half of these, that is, 17.7 million children, are severely malnourished. The most severely malnourished children are found in Maharashtra, Bihar and Gujarat. The Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Development has provided this information in response to an RTI. It’s a compilation of data from 34 states and union territories, the ministry said in response to an RTI query from the PTI news agency. A total of 33,23,322 children are malnourished in the country.

17.76 lakh children are severely malnourished in the country as of October 14
The ministry estimates that the health and nutrition crisis among the poorest of the poor could be exacerbated by the corona pandemic. Expressing concern about this, the Ministry said that on October 14, 2021, 17.76 lakh of children in India were severely malnourished (SAM) and 15.46 lakh of children were malnourished (SAM). While these figures are alarming in themselves, they become even more alarming when compared to the figures from last November. A 91 percent increase in the number of SAM children has been observed between November 2020 and October 14, 2021, which has now increased from 9.27,606 (9.27 lakh) to 17.76 lakh.

Most malnourished children in Maharashtra, Bihar and Gujarat at number two and third respectively
Maharashtra recorded the highest number of malnourished children at 6.16 lakh, of whom 1,57,984 were malnourished and 4,58,788 were severely malnourished, according to an RTI response citing a nutrition tracker. Bihar ranks second on this list, where there are 4.75,824 lakhs of malnourished children. At the same time, Gujarat is at number three, where the total number of malnourished children is 3.20 lakh in Gujarat. These include 1.55,101 (1.55 lakh) MAM children and 1.65,364 (1.65 lakh) SAM children.

This is the condition of other states.
In other states, 2,67,228 children (69,274 MAM and 1,97,954 SAM) are undernourished in Andhra Pradesh. 2,49,463 children (1,82,178 MAM and 67,285 SAM) are malnourished in Karnataka. 1.86 lakh children are malnourished in Uttar Pradesh, 1.78 lakh in Tamil Nadu, 1.76 lakh in Assam and 1.52,524 lakh in Telangana. At the same time, New Delhi is also not far behind in terms of child malnutrition. 1.17 lakh children are malnourished in the national capital. According to the 2011 census, there are more than 46 million million children in the country.

India ranks 101st on the Global Hunger Index
India has reached position 101 on the Global Hunger Index. In this regard, it lags behind its neighboring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Last year, India ranked 94th on the Global Hunger Index.


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