Minister for Women and Child Welfare Varsha Gaikwad admitted in a written reply in Legislative Council Monday anganwadis were facing an acute staff crunch. She said 13,119 posts of teachers and other staff were vacant in anganwadis across state in March.
She was replying to MLC Jaidev Gaikwad,who claimed a number of anganwadis had shut down as posts were lying vacant for more than two years. The minister,however,denied the claim,saying workers and teachers from other anganwadis were being pressed into service where there was crunch.
Anganwadi workers are vital to implementation of Integrated Child Development and other schemes.
There are 90,000 anganwadis in the state. Apart from education,these centres provide midday meals and check students for malnutrition. Officials said poor remuneration,Rs 3,000 per month,was a reason for the vacancies.