New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has courted controversy by saying that quest for slim figure among middleclass girls is responsible for rise in cases of malnutrition among female in the state. Modi’s bizarre explanation on this came during an interview with reputed US daily- Wall Street Journal.

He further said that there is a large population of middle class women in the state which give more attention on their beauty and figures than taking care of their health.

He took a jibe on such people who hate over- eating or taking nutritious food despite the fact that they have enough food to eat. However, the Chief Minister forgot the plight of a big chunk of state’s population of which the future is in peril due to high proportion of malnutrition among them. He also forgot that the most cases of malnutrition have been reported from Gujarat itself.

According to a survey, approximately 41 percent kids in Gujarat have been found underweight whereas the Chief Minister have been boasting about vibrant Gujarat and recently advising the Prime Minister to learn from Gujarat model of development. Moreover, six percent children in the state normally die before attaining five years age whereas 22 percent population hardly gets their both ends meet.
Also, 55 percent women between the age group of 15 to 45 have been found anemic. According to a survey by NSSO, many big states like Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are witnessing a sharp rise in malnutrition among their population and Gujarat tops among all these states in this regard.

Moreover, it would give the opposition as well as leaders from other parties enough ammunition to target Modi.

JPN\ Bureau

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