Simply click on a mouse and you can now get to know all about the functioning of anganwadi centres or Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) centres in your area. Bihar has become the first state in the country to implement web-based reporting of their functioning.
The monthly reports of the centres, entered online at the concerned offices of the child development project officers (CDPO), are now available to the public at www.icdsbih.gov.in. A data centre with leased lines has been established at the ICDS state headquarters to facilitate this.
Details regarding operations of the ICDS centres also known as anganwadi centres, distribution of "take home ration", implementation of other schemes, and other details can now be searched by entering a few key words. Currently, the facility covers 60,603 centres out of the total 80,000 in Bihar. The public attention is expected to improve their functioning.
"The reports of two surveys of anganwadi centres, including the one conducted with the help of DFID (Department of International Development) conducted this year, have revealed that only 46% centres open daily. The presence of children at the centres that open, is low. On an average, 24 out of 46 children come to a centre," said social welfare minister Parveen Amanullah, while talking to reporters on Thursday.
To further improve the functioning and implementation of ICDS in the state, the social welfare department has also introduced "e-dak", a softare for instant communication with the CDPOs.
Scanned copies of departmental letters uploaded, would immediately pop-up on the computer screens of the officers. The public could also access all the letters, except the confidential ones. "Our quest to improve the implementation of welfare schemes continues. We hope to improve it further by next year. The department has relieved 1,593 anganwadi sevikas, while three CDPOs have been dismissed, 35 are under suspension and 20 others face punishments. Similarly, departmental proceedings are going on against lady supervisors and clerks," said Amanullah.
Around 65 lakh children, 23 lakh adolescents and 13 lakh pregnant or lactating mothers are being covered under the various ICDS programmes running in the state.
Social welfare department's secretary Rajit Punhani, ICDS director Praveen Kishore, social security director Ramashish Paswan and social welfare director Manish Kumar Verma were present on the occasion.