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Only 9 Per Cent Children Get Nutritious Food: Union Minister Smriti Irani

Union Minister Smriti Irani said the government has initiated various programmes to create awareness about malnutrition and related challenges

Only 9 Per Cent Children Get Nutritious Food: Union Minister Smriti Irani

New Delhi: Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Smriti Irani on Friday (November 22) said that only 9 per cent of the children in the country get proper nutritious food. Speaking during the question hour session in the Lok Sabha, Irani, who represents the Amethi parliamentary constituency in the Lower House, said, “Quality of food is more important than quantity. It is an illusion that malnourishment is only limited to poor families or tribal areas. It is present across the country.”

She further said that even the rich and affluent families are not providing children with nutritious food.

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It has been reflected in NITI Aayog data that only 9 per cent of the population is getting the right kind of nourishing food, she said.

Union Minister Irani was responding to questions raised by the members in the Lok Sabha. She said the government has initiated various programmes to create awareness about malnutrition and related challenges and on holistic nutrition through a people’s movement known as Jan Andolan with a focus on children.

Following the reply by Smriti Irani, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asked her to prepare a diet chart for pregnant women and provide it to all members for circulation in their respective constituencies.

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We should make a collective effort to end malnutrition in the country. I hope it will be eradicated by the last session of this Lok Sabha, he said.

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