In Madhya Pradesh (Madhya Pradesh), 54 percent of children in the age group of one to four years are anemic, 13 percent of children in the state are suffering from diabetes, while the national average is 10 percent. About 43% of children up to the age of 5 in MP are underweight, yet the state government has decided that eggs will not be laid in Anganwadi centers. Madhya Pradesh's Women and Child Development Minister Imarti Devi has called for Anganwadi to tackle malnutrition Committed to lay eggs in the centers, but Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan was not in favor of it.
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A week ago, Imrati Devi announced that children who eat eggs in the mid-day meal will be given eggs to eradicate malnutrition. He reiterated in Gwalior "As a minister during the last Congress government, I had announced to serve eggs to children in Anganwadis. I am firm on my decision and now I say that those who eat eggs, give eggs to them Go and those who do not eat will be given fruits like banana or apple. ''
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Imarti's decision evoked sharp reactions in the BJP but keeping aside all the political debate on Tuesday, Shivraj Singh Chauhan made it clear that his government would not distribute eggs in anganwadis during the mid-day meal. Instead, children will be given milk as a nutritious diet.
Addressing a program at the BJP headquarters in Bhopal, the CM announced that from September 17, other nutritious food along with milk will be distributed at all Anganwadi centers in the state. Milk will be given to combat malnutrition in Anganwadis from September 17 during the service week being celebrated on the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "
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When Imrati Devi decided to lay eggs as a minister in the Congress government, Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava (who is now a PWD minister) said that if the eggs were given to the children from childhood, they would in later years Can become cannibals. Despite strong opposition from the opposition BJP, the then Kamal Nath government had planned to implement Imrati Devi's proposal from April 2020, but the government collapsed before the plan was implemented.