Maharashtra: Hunger kills 500 kids yearly in Melghat

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Seems Maharashtra has areas equivalent to some in Orissa such as Bolangir and Kalahandi. Melghat in Amaravati district has been losing kids to malnutrition at the rate of 1 per day for the last 20 years . Over 350 NGOs are active in the area with the stated objective of battling malnutrition and recieve huge funds - but guess what, many of the NGOs are run by politicians. Shame on blood sucking Maharashtra politicians, which ever political party they belong to...:mad:

    Maharashtra: Hunger kills 500 kids yearly in Melghat

     
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    Many NGO's are like that of Salmaan Khurshid. Just another way of money laundering and converting black to white.

    Many of us rich do not even consider poor people as humans. No wants to be even touched by a begging kid. Our low respect to human life is the problem. We need better community service system. Mass campaign about human values needs to organised by the government. The media and cinema fraternity should also join in. In a country wealthy of resources death of hunger should not be accepted.
     
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    What you can expect from Corrupt politicians and there gangs......
     
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    I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself,
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    Many people think there are many issues other than corruption to talk about but many dont realize that corruption is the fountain head of all the ills that we are facing as a society. Everyone is gaming the system and getting away. Even NGOs.
     
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    Very sad...I wish we could get acquainted with the reputable NGO's.
     
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    NGOism is not a solution. NGOs are the ones who fabricate / exploite this type of news and they are the ones who gobble up all the money for the poor in cohorts with babus and politicians! The only solution is revamping of government machinery, distribution system, culling of various mafias and elimination of secularism / con-gress and their gang of secularists!
     
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    Even honest many NGO's spend close to 50% of the donated money on administrative expenses. Help is much better provided personally rather than a long channel.
     
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    ^^^Sharad Pawar is quite popular amongst the farming community. The rise in prices of food grains has benefited the farmers in the nation. It is the rest of the country that has to pay the price. Landless labourers get the worst of it.
     
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    deleted by op, wrong place to post.
     
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    Never mind Bangalore's garbage situation, you tell me this: is it true that you are a Chicom 50-center troll? I already know that it is true that your ass burns when you see foreigners taking out Chinese women, wining and dining them, and sleeping with them in expensive hotels in cities like Shanghai and Beijing. All the more so when the foreigner is a darker-skinned Indian. Also help me understand if you are a 50-center Chicom paid troll, or were you born this way?

    Idiot - thinks he's smart, picking negative news about India and posting it all over the place. I think next time I go to China, I should not behave like a decent person, but take pictures of all kinds of shit and post it all over the www like these assholes do in India, poverty porn.
     
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    Rural News Update | Maharashtra food scam: Private companies eat up Rs 1,000cr meant for poor -Nitin Sethi

    -The Times of India

    Private companies have hijacked the government's flagship scheme to provide food to poor children and their mothers, the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), with contractors in Maharashtra alone controlling Rs 1,000 crore worth of supplies in contravention of Supreme Court orders, a report of the SC commissioners office has said.

    The SC orders bar contractors from supplying rations under the scheme. It only permits village communities, self-help groups and mahila mandals to buy grains and prepare food for children.

    The commissioners' report, submitted to the court on Friday, warned that the contractor-corporate lobby had a firm grip over ICDS rations supply business, worth Rs 8,000 crore, in several states. It specifically referred to Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Meghalaya, besides Maharashtra.

    Detailing Maharashtra's case, the report said private companies had floated fronts in the names of 'mahila mandals' or women's organizations to corner the lucrative Rs 1,000 crore annual supply of rations.

    The ICDS is India's primary social welfare scheme to tackle malnutrition and health problems in poor children below 6 years of age and their mothers. It is considered the backbone of government's efforts to improve the dismal family health indices in India - some of the worst even among developing countries.

    The commissioners recommended that an independent investigation be conducted under the apex court's supervision to investigate the possible nexus "between politicians, bureaucrats and private contractors in the provisioning of rations to ICDS, leading to largescale corruption and leakages".

    The report, prepared by the principle advisor to the commissioners, said the Maharashtra chief minister had been made aware of the scam by the commissioners as well as the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights. They said the fact that the corrupt system continued unchecked showed the "level of influence" the contractors had over the "levers of power in Maharashtra".

    This report lays bare the modus operandi companies used to corner the lucrative contracts in Maharashtra. The state government first changed its rules in 2009 to allow not only community-based organizations but also 'women's institutions' to bid for the supply - a loose enough term to permit any contractor, company or agency with women on board to bid for the contracts.

    Only three of these 'women's institutions' got contracts for the entire state's ration supply which is worth over Rs 1,000 crore annually. None of these three mahila mandals - Venkateshwara Mahila Audhyogic Sahakari Sanstha, Mahalaxmi Mahila Grhaudyog & Balvikas Buddhesiya Audhyogic Sahakari Sanstha and Maharashtra Mahila Sahakari Grahudhyog Sanstha Limited -- had any production capacity of their own.

    The three mahila mandals each formed sub-committees with select members handling complete control of administration, finances and operations of the organizations. The sub-committees then gained legitimacy by directly contracting with the state government, securing bank guarantees as well as opening separate bank accounts.

    The sub-committees went on to contract five companies to supply the rations. But the members on board these sub-committees were all relatives of the owners of the five companies.

    In other words, the companies had formed shell agencies to bid for the contracts on the pretext of being community-based women's organizations.

    Venkateshwara formed two sub-committees. One sub-committee farmed out contract to Swapnil Agro Limited owned by Ulhas Pagariya. The sub-committee comprised Pagariya's wife and two relatives. The second sub-committee gave a contract to Paras Agro Private Limited, with one Satishrao Munde as managing director. Munde's wife and daughter comprised the sub-committee.

    Similarly, Mahalaxmi formed three sub-committees giving out contracts to Indo Allied Protein Foods run by Rajan Shankar Jadhav, Sai Food and Sai Food Products owned by Pradip Auradkar and Sanjay Auradkar and Kota Dal Mill based in Rajasthan.

    Maharashtra Mahila Sahkari, which is actually a company and not a society with Rama Agrawal as vice-chairman, gave the contract to Sagar Foods run by her father-in-law Prabhudayala Agarwal.

    The principle advisor to the court commissioners, Biraj Patnaik, refused to comment when contacted.

    His report said lab reports testing the quality of food grains supplied was also suspect as all three mahila mandals went to the same private lab but government testing found the food lacking. The report said media had earlier highlighted how the ration was of such bad quality that it was at times sold as cattle feed and many times, fungi and termites were found in them. A case on the matter is being heard in the high court as well.

    The author added that the report should be seen as a preliminary inquiry and not a comprehensive indictment of the parties. They have asked for court directions for an independent authority carrying out an investigation. The apex court gave the state the opportunity to respond to the report and posted the next hearing for November 23.
     
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    I am rather an InCom 50 Rupee troll :)
    Why are you always so upset, I am just asking you a question. you always associate too much meaning on it.
     
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    See, you can pretend to be rational and calm as much as you want, but from your very first post, I realized that you were a slimy little troll. That is why I get pissed off with you. Get it?

    Incom 50 rupee troll? Have the Indian commies started this too? What other services do they offer you for these troll posts?
     
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    you sense wrong then
    You are against Democracy, Indian communist party is a legal registered political organization.
    You call them Commies? what do they call you back? Cappies?
     
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    I am all for limiting democracy to a certain extent when assholes like the commies are given free rein. They deserve to be shot.

    Since you claim that you are an InCom 50 rupee troll, I can only assume that as usual, the commies are paying Chinese trolls to spread crap on the www. Things have come to this sad state today. :tsk:
     
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    ^ LoL. Cappies!

    Back @topic,

    Melghat is now the new 'hunger capital' of India. Trouble is Melghat is a largely forested tribal region and there are no jobs because of a malignant mix of three factors: 1) Because it is tribal, the people are rather savage and unacquainted with modern systems in their way of living. Hence, they've typically performed poorly on social indicators- from infant mortality because of non-sterilization to high disease rates because of lack of boiled water or mosquito nets or sanitation. 2) On top of this you have a crippling lack of infrastructure, roads, that ensures health and nutrition supplies remain undelivered to the forested regions during the monsoons. 3) Compounding the problem are the crazy Forest laws you have that restrict tribals' access to forest produce and keeps them dependent on the Government's Antyodaya scheme for their food instead. Now Antyodaya worked wonderfully well with local crops such as kutki and savarya, until some wise Govt. babu decided he'd make them produce cash crops, such as soybean and cotton, instead. When the monsoons were irregular, so was the crop, more so because the tribals landholdings were small and their farms not irrigated- the farm equipment the government gave them in years was too big to use on their small plots. With the result that they could not feed themselves or could not grow a crop to feed themselves by selling it. Moreover, the government's delivery of nutrition and supplies was hindered by poor infrastructure and the corrupt babus who were only looking for an excuse to make it not happen. The result- diminished food sources and malnourishment, disease and tribal living that add to the malnourishment, institutional failures that compound, perpetuate and exacerbate the malnourishment; and spiraling migration out of Melghat. So, somebody was right when they said the answer to the problem lies in 'the revamping of government machinery and the distribution system', infrastructure and the reduction of corruption by the goons who handle the system.

    The one silver lining has been the emergence of a women's group that uses technology, ironically from a Government-NGO combine, to record pregnancies and provide post-natal care to that infant and to provide nutritious meals made from locally-sourced produce at the anganwadis. That way, at least the kids don't grow up malnourished- but for the rest of the populace, for the mothers, the menfolk and older kids in particular, the situation still remains precarious.
     
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