Another Anganwadi Centre in North Andaman cries for attention

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8 Jun 2017

Another Anganwadi Centre in North Andaman exposes the inertia of the local government towards ensuring effective implementation of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in the region. The Centre located at Shreenagar, a remote village kilometers away from Diglipur, lack even the basic of amenities like power and drinking water facility. The Anganwadi operates in a house with mud floor, walls made of bamboo and tinned roof and for around 25 to 30 tiny tots and their parents from different hamlets in the region, the dilapidated structure has remained a cause of concern for the past many years.
“We’ve no other option but to send our children to the only Anganwadi Centre in this remote village. The decrepit state of the structure has forced our children to bear sultry summers and rains for years, but the authorities have taken no remedial steps. The walls made of bamboo and tin roof of the centres require frequent repairs. Wild creatures easily make their way into the centre posing risk to the lives of small children. Moreover, centre remains closed for most of the time during monsoon as the roof leaks. The dilapidated structure has also forced children to be confined to limited spaces in the centre,” said a Shreenagar villager. 
“The Centre even lack basic amenities like electricity, drinking water, kitchen etc. During summer, children find it very difficult to remain inside the structure for lack of fans and other electrical appliances. A view of the facilities in these premises will shatter hopes of parents anticipating proper care and nutritious food for their wards. The centre run under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme, which aims at improving the nutritional and health status of children in the age group of 0-6 years and lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child but regrettably the condition of the Centre defeat the very purpose of the ICDS scheme. Repeated pleas seeking attention of the authorities concerned to address the shortcomings in the Centre have proved futile,” added the villager.