Childhood Stunting In India Reduces By Nearly 10% In Last Decade: Survey

Poverty and malnutrition are the causes behind childhood stunting, says minister.

New Delhi: During Question Hour in the Lok Sabha last week, the Rural Development Minister Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s deputy Ram Kripal Yadav said the incidence of stunted growth among children below five years age has declined to 38.4 per cent in 2015-16.

Malnutrition among children is mainly due to malnutrition among their mothers, he said, adding that poverty and lack of education were the main factors for mothers suffering from malnutrition, he added.

As part of efforts to combat malnutrition and stunted growth, he said the government has taken a multi-dimensional approach to reduce poverty.

Recently published National Family Health Survey showed that incidence of stunted growth among children under five years of age reduced from 48 per cent in 2005-06 to 38.4 per cent in 2015-16, Mr Yadav said.

Citing the findings of the study, he said poverty and malnutrition are the causes behind childhood stunting.

(With Inputs From PTI)

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