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Plug gaps to ensure Odisha children get nutrition cover- The New Indian Express

The Orissa High Court’s direction to the state government to draw up an action plan to eliminate severe and moderate acute malnutrition by the year-end must serve as a wake-up call for the Naveen Patnaik administration. The court, hearing a PIL on malnutrition among children in the Jajpur district, deliberated on a host of issues that could be leading to the exclusion of children from the coverage of food and nutritional security despite a bouquet of Central and state schemes. It also widened the scope of the case and directed the administration of the neighbouring Keonjhar district to take stock of the situation. Both Jajpur and Keonjhar are mineral heartlands of Odisha; if the former is chromite-rich, the latter holds the bulk of iron ore reserves. Interestingly, Jajpur also happens to be the steel hub of the state. Ironically, the two districts that contribute substantially to Odisha’s envious mineral revenue

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