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Media misinterpreted remarks on Attappady issue, says Chandy

Media misinterpreted remarks on Attappady issue, says Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Wednesday said a section of media misinterpreted his remarks regarding the death of tribal children at Attappady.

"I have only mentioned certain realities regarding the death of tribal children due to malnutrition and ill health of mothers. The Government is approaching the issue in a comprehensive manner with the aim of bringing the tribal people to the manistream," Chandy told reporters here.

“One of the most important things required in the Attappady tribal area was steady supply of foodgrain and health care, for which the government had taken effective steps. In the case of ration, the tribal people there preferred 'ragi' instead of rice as their traditional staple. Measures had been taken for supply of this grain in the area,” he said.

Chandy said he did not say that consumption of liquor by expecting mothers was the main reason for infant deaths.

It was in fact public health expert Dr Ekbal, who headed the panel set up by the CPI-M to study the tribal issue, said in his report that consumption of liquor was rampant among the people in Attappady, Chandy added.

In the interview to Outlook magazine, identifying the problems of malnutrtion, Chandy had said that the tribal people did not eat properly.

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