Noida: No space for officials to sit in ICDS office in Bisrakh
There are around 319 anganwadis in Bisrakh block. Every month, around 4,000 bags of supplementary food have to be stored in the godown for distribution to anganwadis.noida Updated: May 12, 2017 11:39 IST
In the absence of a godown, the Bisrakh wing of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) has been storing supplementary nutrition bags for children on its office premises at the city magistrate complex in Sector 19. As a result, there is no space left for the staff to be seated.
“Bags of supplementary nutrition food are being stored in our office for the last few months and now, space has been totally taken up. Earlier, we used to store it in a godown in Sector 19 but the rent agreement with the godown owner expired and a new place is yet to be allotted,” said Pratima, supervisor, ICDS, Bisrakh office.
There are around 319 anganwadis in Bisrakh block. Every month, around 4,000 bags of supplementary food have to be stored in the godown for distribution to anganwadis.
ICDS was launched in 1975 to eliminate hazards to child health and development. Objectives of ICDS include advancing the nutritional and health standing of children in the age group of 0-6 years, creating a system that tackles the proper psychological, physical and social development of children and fighting the rate of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropout.
“Power supply has also been disconnected due to non-payment of bills. It is very difficult to sit in the office with these bags around, especially in the hot summer,” Geeta, an assistant at anganwadi centre, said.
District programme officer(DPO) Radhey Shyam said,“The godown rent agreement was for three years; monthly rent was Rs14,000 and the agreement period was until last year. We had sent a renewal proposal with a hiked rental for approval, as the landlord was asking for a higher rent, but the proposal was rejected on the grounds that a hike is approved only every five years.”
“In the absence of panchayats, we have requested the block development officer and the subdivisional magistrate to provide us space for a godown,” Shyam said.
“One site that was offered was still not ready. Moreover, we cannot even distribute it to anganwadis straight from the trucks, which are being run in schools or panchayat rooms and have no storage space,” the DPO said.
Regarding the disconnection of the power supply, Shyam said,“We had received a decreased budget and that too after a delay of few months. Moreover, Bisrakh staff must not have submitted the power bills in time for approval and payment. We are trying to get the power connection reinstated.”