Palghar: The district administration on Tuesday confirmed that there were as many as 40 deaths of tribal children in the district in the months of April and May due to malnutrition.
In the year 2020-21, there were 296 deaths due to malnutrition in the district, an official release issued by the Palghar Zilla Parishad also said.
Due to the concerted efforts by all stakeholders, the percentage of malnutrition in the district has dropped by 34 per cent in SAM category and 24 per cent in MAM category, the release said.
Consequent upon the large-scale deaths of children in the district due to malnourishment in past two months, chairman of the State appointed Committee to go into the status of the schemes of tribals in the state, Vivek Pandit. today visited Wada taluka and conducted an inspection.
After the inspection, he told newsmen that the concerned officials did not have any records of the malnourished children and the benefits of the schemes did not reach the tribals, especially children and their families, he claimed.
Due to the faulty policy and insensitive implementation of the schemes, there were large-scale deaths of tribals in the district due to malnutrition, Mr Pandit said.
He demanded stringent action against those who play with the lives of the tribal children and cook up records to present a rosy picture.