Delhi’s Anganwadi Centres To Be Inspected By IAS Officers

Manish Sisodia said that he had visited many centres over the past few days and noticed an insensitive attitude towards pregnant women and children at many places.

New Delhi: Unsatisfied with the functioning of Anganwadi Centres in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said that Delhi’s 1,600 Anganwadi Centres will be inspected by IAS Officers on Saturday.

Mr Sisodia said that he had visited many centres over the past few days and noticed an insensitive attitude towards pregnant women and children at many places.

“The government is spending around Rs 400-500 crore and I won’t allow it to be spent insensitively,” he said.

As per the drawn plan, around 800 Indian Administrative Service and DANICS (Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service) officers in Delhi and each officer would have to inspect at least two Anganwadi centres on Saturday.

“Under this campaign, officers will have to visit the houses of each child or women whose name is registered in an Anganwadi,” the Deputy Chief Minister was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

The officers would check whether the children were getting proper food, what they are being taught in the centres and whether they were visiting the Anganwadi centres at all, he said.

He said there were about 10,000 Anganwadi centres in Delhi and after reviewing the first phase, the inspection would be extended to other centres.

Mr Sisodia raised concern that many survey registers in Anganwadi centres were filled with pencil for many years and “If we don’t care about children or their education, then it will affect the future of the country,” he said.

The workers at well-performing centres will also be rewarded, he said.

(With Inputs From Press Trust Of India)

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