LONDON: India may be having bumper crops, but half of the country’s children are growing up stunted because of lack of nutrition.
According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), over 165 million children worldwide are suffering from malnutrition. But India is among the top culprits as 48 percent of all children in the country are stunted because of a lack of nutrition.
Indicting India, UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake told Reuters here, “The numbers are phenomenal. In India, for example, about 48 per cent of children are stunted, and in Yemen it’s almost 60 per cent. Just think of the drag on development.’’
Lake said, “The fact is that India, with 48 per cent (childhood) stunting, is considered food secure — but that doesn’t mean food is distributed equitably within India.’’
The UPA government had promised to pass the National Food Security Bill to ensure adequate food for millions of deprived children, but the bill is still pending with corrupt politicians and bureaucrats looking the other way.