June 2, Friday : Despite of wide-ranging mid-day meal programmes, one out of third student found malnourished in schools run by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), revealed a RTI report filed by non-governmental organisation Praja Foundation.
The data showed that nearly 34 per cent of BMC school students are malnourished and also suffering from numerous medical issues such as eye and nose defects, skin disorders, defective vision, lymphadenopathy, anemia and many more.
As per the data, cases of malnutrition in students of Class I to Class X hiked from 11,831 in 2013-14 to 53,408 in 2014-15 and 64,681 in 2015-16.
The report further revealed that malnourishment has affected younger children more, with 73 per cent of children between Class I to Class V found fighting with it, while 27 per cent students are malnourished between Class VI to Class IX.
According to the data, Govandi and Santacruz East region has been impacted the most, where 51 per cent students were found malnourished.
Malnutrition has gone up more than four times in Mumbai, from eight per cent in 2013-14 to 34 per cent in 2015-16.