Most of the government-run crèches in the southern parts of the city and its outskirts were found wanting even in providing basic amenities like clean drinking water, food and healthy environs.
The creches are being run for the last three years by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW), which is an independent body. The president of the ICCW happens to be the UT adviser and vice-president is the UT secretary, social welfare. Still the creches function under pitiable conditions. Even some big names from education and corporate world are members of the
ICCW, the condition of the crèches is far from satisfactory.
Different officers and child commissions have been giving recommendations and suggestions for their improvement, but nothing changes. One can’t expect luxury for kids when the basic amenities like clean drinking water, safe and healthy environs and supply of regular mid-day meal are not being provided.
The creches are a big hit among working parents from the middle income group. Government employees too prefer to leave their children in the government-run crèches for the charges are nominal in comparison to the private childcare centres.
As per the rules, the creches are supposed to maintain a midday meal register to keep record of stock and daily consumption. However, the creches are not doing this and the mid-day meal ration supply too is erratic. Hardly any health check-up camps for kids are being organised as recommended.
The two creches in Sector 45 have around 50 children. There is no water cooler or filter at both the day-care centres. The outer wall of the centre near the housing board flats is in a dilapidated condition and anybody can cross it, which is a security concern.
The refrigerator has also been made available by the creche incharge herself. The crèches have been facing the irregular supply of ration for mid-day meals for a long time.
SECTORS 37 AND 41
In Sector 37, the height of the boundary wall of the creche building needs to be raised as stray dogs often enter the premises, posing a threat to the safety of children. The mid-day meal ration supply is irregular here too. Trespassers can easily enter the premises.
In Sector 41, clean drinking water for the children enrolled with the creche is a real concern. Since there is no water storage tank, round-the-clock supply of water is not possible.
The window glasses and tiles are broken. There are 27 children enrolled here.
MANIMAJRA AND BAPU DHAM COLONY
For a change, the creche in Manimajra appeared clean, but the staff is facing problems as there is no water storage tank.
Since there are no water coolers, the staff store the drinking water in earthen pitchers. The creche is also short of mats which the children could use to sit on or play.
In Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, the centre is being run from a old building that needs repair. The staff complained that they were not getting salaries on time.