Bhopal, Jun 11: In a shocking revelation, India TV aired a story on Sunday night showing Madhya Pradesh children feeding themselves on seeds found in cowdung in at least ten tribal-dominated districts.
They just wash the cow dung and collect the seeds out of it. The children, who are mostly malnourished, can't find these seeds fresh in the forest.
A report says, in Madhya Pradesh, 60 percent of children are malnourished, the highest percentage in the world.
A political storm has erupted in Madhya Pradesh after India TV's telecast of the story.
Congress and opposition parties have demanded the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's resignation.
So far, neither the Chief Minister nor his office has reacted to this demand.
Congress workers brought ten packets of cowdung as a gift for the Chief Minister, Health Minister Narottam Mishra, and Women and Child Development Minister Ranjana Baghel.
The packets were handed over to the sub-divisional magistrate of Bhopal Sanjeev Keshav.
The chief minister was reportedly celebrating his wife's birthday, when India TV reporter approached him for his reaction about the malnutrition story.
Local Congress leader P C Sharma alleged that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh was misusing funds received from Unicef, World Bank and other NGOs on wasteful expenditure like newspaper advertisements.
State Congress president Kantilal Bhuria said, he was writing to all district party chiefs to carry out survey about malnourished tribal children and send their reports.
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