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Tirath tells Bihar CM to monitor child scheme

In a strongly worded letter, a copy of which is with HT, women and child development minister Krishna Tirath has asked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to clean up his state's act on the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme.

delhi Updated: Jun 07, 2011 22:52 IST
Sanjib Kr Baruah

In a strongly worded letter, a copy of which is with HT, women and child development minister Krishna Tirath has asked Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to clean up his state's act on the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme.

“For delivery of Supplementary Nutrition Programme including Take Home Ration, the state government has been largely relying on Anganwadi workers and mother committees. It has come to notice that they are not adhering to the Centre's instructions,” the minister had written in the letter dated June 6.

“Grains are being procured locally at a reportedly much higher rate,” she said.

Wheat and rice are being supplied by the Centre under the wheat-based nutrition programme at below-poverty-line rates. One of the world's largest programmes for early childhood development, ICDS is a popular government scheme to improve nutritional and health status of children below 6 years besides imparting nutrition and health education to mothers of the poor sections of society.

As more than 11,700 Anganwadi centres (AWCs) are yet to start functioning in Bihar, Tirath has written: “It would be essential then to operationalise the balance projects as well as fill the vacancies at different levels on an urgent basis.”

Pointing out that about 74,910 AWCs in the state are without a building, the minister has also asked the Bihar CM to earmark funds to construct buildings.

“Monitoring reports from the state have not been received on regular basis," the letter said.

The minister has also written about the large number of child beggars in the holy town of Gaya. “As there are schemes like the ICDS and the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, the state may cover these children within the ambit of the schemes.”