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Malnutrition deaths: Munde to visit Palghar today

Amid rising unrest among tribals of Palghar over deaths of children due to malnutrition, Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde is scheduled to visit the district on Wednesday.

In view of her visit, Palghar district administration has issued prohibitory orders in two villages in view of Munde’s visit. Another state minister Vishnu Savra had recently faced the wrath of tribals over malnutrition deaths.

Maharashtra Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya said, “Pankaja Munde would be visiting Jawhar and Mokhada talukas of Palghar district tomorrow along with some of our officials to take stock of the situation there. They would be interacting with district officials and also listen to the villagers.” He added that the state is preparing a policy that will be aimed at balancing the infant mortality rate and reduce malnutrition in the district.

“To prepare a strategy for the policy, the Health and Women and Child Development departments will come together and suggest ways that will be aimed at stopping deaths due to malnutrition,” Kshatriya said.
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