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Indian state of Uttarakhand launches ‘Khilti Kaliya’, a scheme for malnourished kids

Posted:  Monday, August 24, 2015

Appalled by the plight of nearly 3700 malnourished kids, the Uttarakhand state government launched ‘Khilti Kaliya’, a social welfare scheme, which encourages people to adopt 2 malnourished children. This would ensure that they receive proper care and nutrition. The scheme was formally launched by the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

A majority of underprivileged children belong to the backward regions of Garhwal and Kumaon. Speaking on the occasion of the scheme launch, the chief minister said, “We have been able to identify about 3,700 malnourished children in all districts of the state. An on-the-spot survey will soon be carried out in all 13 districts so that more such children can be adopted."

He entrusted the responsibility of providing nutritious foods to these children to the Women Empowerment and Child Development Department. Setting a precedent for others to follow, the Chief Minister and his wife adopted four 11 month old children.

With the prevalence of malnutrition in the country on the rise, the need for pervasive efforts to tackle this problem is highly felt. With sustained Government efforts and such social welfare programmes, it may be possible to curb these rising figures.

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