Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday deliverd the inaugural address at the Outlook Poshan Awards and congratulated the group for making the right noises about an issue staring in the face of India.
“I want to congratulate Outlook for raising the real questions. This is the reason we are here to talk about malnutrition,” he said.
The CM emphasised that the country should first aim at reducing poverty. Bhagel lamented the fact that a concern as important as malnutrition had been marginalised due to “the kind of politics” that India and the world are witnessing.
“We need to fight a long war against malnutrition,” he said.
“In 1956, when states were formed on the basis of language spoken by people, Kerala was the third poorest state in the country. The state focussed on seducation and health and the result is in front of everyone today,” he said.
He added that Kerala is one the least malnourished states in the country today.
Baghel questioned the former BJP government in his state, saying in the absence of a Congress-led government over the past 15 years, the poverty has increased from 37% to 39% in Chhattisgarh.
Earlier, Shawn K Baker, Director of Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said, “The root cause of malnutrition are invisible, orphan, unmeasured and voiceless.”