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Organise health camps on July 15 to identify malnourished children: HC

State asked to submit report on the camps to court on July 23

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday asked the State government to organise health camps across the State on July 15 to identify and assess the level of malnutrition among children below six years of age.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna issued the direction after the State government submitted that it would conduct health camps across the State to identify malnourished children. The Bench asked the State government to give wide publicity for this health camp besides providing incentives by way of cash or foodgrains to people from economically poor families so that they bring their children for the health check-up.

The government will have to organise health camps once a month to monitor the health of the malnourished children identified in these camps.

The Bench has asked the government to submit the report to the court on July 23 on the outcome of the first health camps.

Meanwhile, Additional Government Advocate K.M. Nataraj informed the High Court that Bhalki taluk of Bidar district, Yelburga of Koppal district, Piriyapatna of Mysore district and Devadurga of Raichur district have been identified for implementing a pilot project to address the issue of malnutrition. The government said that it has accepted the recommendations made by various committees, including the committee headed by High Court judge N.K. Patil, on measures to be taken for tackling malnutrition. The Bench extended deadline till September 30 for the Justice Patil committee to submit its final report.

Panel constituted

The Bench on Monday constituted a committeeheaded by Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner to look into the issues pertaining to mango growers and facilities at APMCs.

Principal Secretaries of departments of cooperation, agriculture, horticulture, and urban development, Director of Horticulture, Vice-Chancellors of UAS, Bangalore, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, and Chairman of HOPCOMS will be among those who form the panel.

The task of the committee would be to empower farmers in terms of improvement of agronomic harvesting; to maintain database of mango growers, producers and traders; to promote crop specific farmers collectives; to improve infrastructure in APMC yards; and to strengthen markets for mangoes among others.

The committee will have to hold its first meeting within a fortnight and submit a report to the court within a week thereafter.



‘Hold monthly camps to monitor the health of malnourished children identified on July 15’

Panel constituted to look into issues pertaining to mango growers and facilities at APMCs


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