The Bombay High Court yesterday came down heavily on the state government on the death of tribal children due to malnutrition saying it seems to lack "sensitivity" and is "not concerned at all" and judicial orders were almost an "exercise in futility".

Hearing a bunch of public interest litigations highlighting increase in the number of malnutrition deaths in tribal areas, the court asked the state to file an affidavit by October 26 on the budgetary allocation for the welfare of tribals, and how much money was actually being spent.

"We are giving you a last chance. If we are not satisfied, we will pass an order," the judges said. The Division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade also sought to know the steps taken by the government to curb the deaths of tribal children due to malnutrition.

The petitions alleged that available funds were not being spent for the purpose they were earmarked for.