Find out how many children are malnourished in India

  • In response to a RTI query, the Ministry fo Women and Child Development responded that over 33 lakh children in India are malnourished. More than half of this number fall into the severely malnourished category.

  • Three states: Bihar, Maharashtra and Gujarat top the list of the most number of malnourished children.

  • As of 14 October 2021, the ministry of Women and Child Development estimates that there are 17,76,902 (17.76 lakh/1.7 million) severely acute malnourished children (SAM) and 15,46,420 (15.46 lakh/1.5 million) moderately acute malnourished (MAM) children.

  • More shockingly, there has been a rise of 91% in the number of severely acute malnourished children (SAM) between November 2020 and October 2021- from 9,27,606 (9.27 lakh) to 17.76 lakh now.

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