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Governor Droupadi Murmu expresses concern over infants’ deaths at MGMCH

Jamshedpur, Aug 29: Governor Droupadi Murmu today expressed concern over the death of newborns and infants at the MGM Medical College Hospital over the past couple of months.

“It’s a matter of grave concern and very unfortunate that we have lost so many children. A team deputed by the state government is investigating the matter. We cannot let our children die like this,” said the governor.

The governor was addressing a function at the ISKCON Food Relief Foundation at Ramdas Bhatta, Bistupur, which officially changed its name to Annamrita Foundation from today.

She visited the centralised kitchen that caters midday meals to students of government schools in and around East Singhbhum.

Sanjay Tiku, vice chairman of Annamrita Foundation, explained the food making process to the governor. The centralised kitchen, the first in Jharkhand, was inaugurated in 2012 in association with Tata Steel.

In future, more such centres will come up in Ranchi and Dhanbad where the government has already identified 1.5 acres of land. Other projects in Ramgarh, Khunti, Chaibasa and Bokaro are in the pipeline, he said.

The function was also attended by Amit Kumar, deputy commissioner, East Singhbhum, Anoop T Mathew, senior superintendent of police, East Singhbhum; industrialist SK Behera and officials of local administration.

“Children are the future of the nation but we have to ensure there bright future. There are many children who go to school for meals. But there are still many who do not go to school. We have to give them a nutritious and balanced diet so that their brains develop properly,” said Murmu.

The governor further observed that Jharkhand is rich in natural resources but people are not rich. Malnutrition is rampant in the state besides child trafficking. While government has several programmes in place, we have to ensure their benefits reach the grassroots level,” she said.

The governor also served food to some students of Sardar Madho Singh Uchcha Vidyalaya who also performed a welcome song at the function. Later, she visited the Sidho-Kanhu School in Sarjamda.

Addressing the students, the governor said the teachers create human resources and raise individuals having a sense of responsibility towards the country.

She said the teachers were praiseworthy for the efforts being put in by them in imparting education to the children. She said the school management committee was doing a good job by running the school smoothly with its resources.
The governor assured to provide land to the school. She asked the school management committee to give an application to the DC of East Singhbhum in this regard and send a copy to her.

She said she would hold talks with the state government in this regard.
‘Tackling malnutrition and illiteracy problems of children is a big challenge for the country and it is even a bigger challenge for Jharkhand.

To provide quality food to the children we should ensure that all the 24 district headquarters establish at least one modular central kitchen as soon as possible on the lines of the one being launched here today on the PPP model.

The teachers should be separated from the food preparation work as it was adversely affecting the education. We are also taken note of the issue of scarcity of teachers,” noted an official.

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