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New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): Congress leader Ahmed Patel has questioned the Women and Child Development Ministry over the delay in publishing the entire report of the Rapid Survey of Children (RSOC) 2013-14.

In a letter addressed to Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, Patel said he was surprised that in October 2014, the “Women and Child Development Ministry chose to publish only a part of this report of the report but excluded states such as Gujarat, which has a chronic problem of malnutrition and child immunization.”

“Lack of reliable and relevant data is one of the major constraints in formulating policies pertaining to public health. The last publically available data on health and nutrition is more than eight years old,” the senior Congress leader wrote.

Patel further pointed out that the release of the report will veer public discourse towards less discussed matters such as malnutrition and infant mortality and urged the Union Minister to take necessary action to make the report public.

As per reports, RSOC was commissioned by the Women and Child Development Ministry in association with the UNICEF. (ANI)

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