Smelling foul play, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath has decided to broadbase the central scheme in allotting funds for setting up crèches.
“We will now invite all NGOs to open crèches for working mothers in the country under the Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme,” Krishna Tirath told HT.
The Cabinet, on the recommendation of the ministry, had decided two NGOs — Admi Jati Seva Sangh and the Indian Council for Child Welfare — will get a combined sum of about Rs. 50 crore (Rs 500 million) every year for opening crèches in the country.
“The dominance of the two NGOs will now end,” she said.
“We want to ensure transparency in the running of crèches. We have received complaints from the state governments that many of these crèches are not running at all.”
Delhi-based NGO Pratidhi, through a series of RTI applications, found that often one crèche was receiving money from both Jati Seva Sangh and the Indian Council for Child Welfare by taking on different names.
But the giveaway in such cases was that the address was the same.
“Such instances were brought to the notice of the ministry but not much was done,” said Raj Mangal, president of Pratidhi.