Thirty-four per cent of children are undernourished in the high-growth state of Gujarat, according to a report released here by an NGO today.
NGO 'Wada Na Todo Abhiyan' said it has analysed the Integrated Child Development Services
(ICDS) data of Gujarat and found that 34.05 per cent children in the state fall under various categories of undernourishment.
The report evaluated key areas of governance such as poverty and hunger, primary education, women empowerment and social exclusion, health and environment sustainability. It also reflected on progress of nine major states in achieving millennium development goals
It also claimed Bihar requires seven lakh teachers in the primary education sector.
Mazher Hussain, representing the initiative, said "through the report we are trying to hold governments accountable on whatever they have have promised to people. We are acting as facilitators and are trying to make people conscious, so that they don't let go of the government easily."
The report claimed that not even a single grain of wheat reached the targeted poor in eight north-eastern states for the year 2006-07.
"We evaluated the broad promises made by the government across political parties and states, investigated their ground realities and reflected it back to the government," Richa Singh, convener of the initiative, said.
The flagships employment-programme of the UPA government MNREGA reached six-seven per cent of village families in Bihar, the report claims.
The report claimed 53 per cent of the women in the age-group of 19-49 are anaemic in Tamil
Hussain said three main reasons for the inability in the realisation of MDGs are "top-down approach of policy-planning, lack of awareness and poor implementation and rampant corruption.
The report said 62 per cent of the households in rural Maharashtra do not have toilet facilities while 28 per cent of the urban areas lack the facility.
Identifying the most neglected and least developed groups in the country, Singh said, "They would be women belonging to dalit and muslim communities and people living in the conflict zones would be the most under-developed groups no matter which state they belong to".
"We focused on studying vulnerable groups such as dalits or muslims women as they provide a clear picture of ground realities. For instance if we take Gujarat, there are parts of Gujarat which are doing well and parts which are not doing well. We studied muslim and women groups in Gujarat with respect to their accessibility to education," she said.
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