Tugapur Anganwadi Centre brings ordeal to kids

ICDS objectives thrown to winds in North Andaman
Report by: 
KURMA RAO
MAYABUNDER
26 Feb 2017

An Anganwadi Centre at Tugapur, No. 8 in North Andaman stands testimony to the official apathy towards the effective implementation of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in the North Andaman district. Seeing the dilapidated state of Anganwadi, one would not imagine even in the distant dreams to send children here. For the 10 odd tiny tots from rural families in the region, the dilapidated structures have been posing serious threat to their lives besides forcing toddlers to bear the sultry summers and rains during the monsoon for years, according to sources.
The concrete walls and tin roofs of the centres are in a bad shape and they may collapse any time, sources say. The 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. The centres lack basic amenities like drinking water, kitchen facilities, proper approach footpath and power facilities. Even the floor in the premise is cracked causing injuries to toddlers. As a result of the quandary, the wards attending the centre have gone down drastically, reports say.
“The centre has windows, but they are all broken. There is a building, but it is in a dilapidated condition. With the temperature soaring to unbearable levels during summer, children are finding it very difficult to play inside the building as the roof is in a dilapidated state. 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 these centres defeat the very purpose of the ICDS scheme. Repeated pleas seeking attention of the authorities concerned towards the drawbacks in these centres have fallen on deaf  ears as the structures have witnessed no maintenance in the last one year. We now rest all hopes on the Deputy Commissioner of this District, who is acclaimed for his developmental approach and care towards the needy section,” said some residents of Tugapur.