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In a bid to help fight the menace of malnutrition in tribal areas, the Bombay High Court on Friday asked the Maharashtra Government to upload data on this issue on Zilla Parishad websites in 11 sensitive pockets across the state by February 2014.

The 11 sensitive areas include Thane, Nashik, Yavatmal, Gadchiroli, Amravati and Nandurbar districts.

The order was passed by a bench headed by Justices S J Vajifdar, which ordered uploading of data on malnutrition cases on Zilla Parishad websites latest by February 28.

Such data on websites should be on the lines of the ones already uploaded on websites in two talukas, Dharni and Chikaldhara, in Melghat area of the state, the judges said.

High Court Asks Maharashtra Government to Upload Malnutrition Data Online

The HC has ordered the State to upload malnutrition data on websites so that NGOs and the State government can take steps to fight the menace.

The bench was hearing a bunch of PILs, including that of Purnima Upadhyay, a member of the core committee set up by the government to implement schemes to fight malnourishment in tribal areas. She appealed for effective implementation of the state and central schemes to fight malnourishment in Melghat.

Government pleader Neha Bhide informed the court that the State had invited tenders for developing a software programme to facilitate the online filling of monthly progress report of Anganwadis (pre-primary schools in tribal areas). The court ordered that the copy of the tender be given to the petitioners by December 24 and adjourned the matter for further hearing to February 14.

The pleader also informed the court that the local authorities of the 11 sensitive areas had written down details about malnutrition cases of tribal children in registers maintained at Anganwadis.

Times of India
21 Dec 2013,

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