Delhi-based architecture firm, Morphogenesis, has put together a handbook on constructing anganwadis, after researching several such day-care centres across the city.
Since the first Anganwadi Centres were started in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services programme, India’s per capita income has grown nearly 12 times and the country also has the world’s fourth largest number of billionaires.
The girl’s family members alleged that she died due to high fever, which started after the vaccine was administered to her by ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) workers.
The concept of i-SEE anganwadi focuses on “learning through play” concept for anganwadi children in a colourful, children friendly environment which will allow a child to develop cognitively.
Anganwadi is a type of mother and child care centre. They were started by the Indian government in 1985 as part of the integrated child development services programme to combat child hunger and malnutrition.
On Friday, four Anganwadi workers were arrested when they allegedly attempted to stop the cavalcade of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his visit to Sitapur, and also entered into an argument with the police.
On Friday, the anganwadi workers had planned a “jail bharo andolan” to press for their demands. The agitation was cancelled after the union received a message from the chief minister’s office inviting them for a meeting in the evening.
Referring to Munde’s meeting with an anganwadi workers’ union on Friday, Sukumar Damle of the committee alleged that she was attempting to break the unity of the anganwadi workers and end the strike.
The Maharashtra State Anganwadi Workers’ Action Committee maintained that the indefinite strike would continue until the issue is resolved.
An RTI reply from the DoE, received in April 2017, shows that services of three suppliers were discontinued in 2013 after worms were found in the food they had served children, who had to be hospitalised.
The inspection found a number of the centres had been shut for nearly a year but monthly salaries — Rs 3,600 for an anganwadi worker and Rs 1,850 for a helper — were being drawn regularly.
The anganwadi workers say they are admonished for speaking up against the lack of amenities.
ASHA workers give benzyl benzoate lotion to each instead of folic acid syrup.
After the HC order, all chikki stocks meant for distribution to the anganwadis in the state were put on hold.
The Ministry said more than 20,000 were built under Swachh Bharat Mission over the past one year.