BMC has changed definition of malnourition, alleges Praja Foundation

According to RTI filed by Praja Foundtion, the BMC claimed that they were malnourished child in Mumbai in 2016-17. Praja Foundation alleged that the BMC has merely changed the definition of malnutrition

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In 2015-16, a survey conducted by the municipal school in Mumbai showed that 64,681 students were malnourished.

In 2016-17, there were no malnourished children in BMC schools

In 2015-16, the number of malnourished children in the municipal school was at 34%.

This has come down to just 5% in 2017-18 years.

Now, through an RTI filed by the social organization, Praja Foundation it was revealed that the BMC merely changed the definition and criteria of malnourishment.

Raising questions over the civic body’s apparent claims the Praja Foundation said that the BMC just switched categories and the children who are underweight are the ones who are malnourished.

While Nitai Mehta, Founder and managing trustee of Praja Foundation, “In order to save face the BMC has given false information regarding the number of malnourished children in its schools. The BMC changed the definition of malnourished to underweight to wash their hands off the figure of malnourished kids and has completely white-washed the real number.”

Mehta added, “The BMC has not given any concrete reasons as to why they have changed the definition. They began using this new terminology in the year 2014-2015.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, BMC’s Executive Health Officer, Dr Padmaja Keskar, said, “We do not accept the claim of the Praja Foundation report, I have not seen the report myself, so I cannot comment upon it.”