Prime Minister Office To Take Attappady Problem

Published on: 29 Jul, 2013
Published under: Kozhikode District News

28 July 2013

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has intervened in the problem of malnutrition deaths plaguing the tribal belts of Attappady in Palakkad district in the State.

A letter written by T.K.A. Nair, Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has urged Kerala Chief Secretary E.K. Bharat Bhushan to take preventive measures to find an amicable solution to the grave problem. (As many as 54 children have reportedly died owing to malnutrition in the Attappady hills in the past 11 months.)

Mr. Nair, who paid a two-day visit to Attappady mid-July, has asked Mr. Bhushan “to consider ensuing appropriate action on the following points which are of great urgency in my assessment.”

The letter, dated July 23, a copy of which is with The Hindu, mentions 12 points to be implemented in the tribal hamlets. A major programme is asking the government agencies to put into practice name-based tracking of the already identified 900-odd tribal and non-tribal pregnant women in the three villages of Agali, Sholayur, and Pudur. This method should also be adopted for tracking children below 12 months.

Joint teams of medical professionals and Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) staff should visit each Ooru (tribal hamlet) once a week.


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