Beginning Friday, anganwadi supervisors across 13 states will be using a new beta service to enter data about the monthly progress of child nutrition delivery at anganwadis. The scheme will be test launched at a conference of state ministers for women and child development, being held in Delhi on Friday, by WCD Minister, Krishna Tirath.
Sources told Hindustan Times that the system would be maintained and updated entirely on mobile phones.
Anganwadi workers will be able to dial a toll free number and use an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menu to enter data relating to child nutrition statistics of their specific centre. This would include the number of children whose weight shifted from underweight to normal, how many showed no change, how many got take home rations and those who received supplementary nutrition for severe malnutrition.
The WCD Ministry believes that at a district level, eventually monitoring and accountability will become easy.
"Instant access to records and data, and therefore its analysis is of course the most visible benefit. But it will also help monitoring…for instance if there are complaints about a particular anganwadi or even a regulation vigilance check, it can be conducted immediately after the person enters the data to see if the situation on ground matches," an official said.
At the conference on Friday, Tirath will be discussing with her counterparts from the states, two very important schemes under her ministry - the 'Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls – 'SABLA' and the 'Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana' (IGMSY in short). The two schemes cater to the most vulnerable groups among women and children – adolescent girls and pregnant working women. SABLA is to address the needs of adolescent girls in the age group of 11-18 years, while IGMSY is for social protection of pregnant working women by providing part compensation of wage losses incurred due to pregnancy and post delivery circumstances.
The conference will also witness discussion on
1. Improving delivery under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme and addressing malnutrition
2. Status of implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) –"SABLA"
3. State of Preparedness of "Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY)"
4. Progress in implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)
5. Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010
6. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2010
7. Any other item with the permission of Chair