During field visits under taken by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in Gujarat, it found anganwadi centres constructed in 2013 and 2014, functioning adjacent to dirty ponds or garbage containers.
“Anganwadi centres are visited by children, pregnant and lactating women, who have greater chances of contracting infection during this vulnerable period, hence it is imperative that the environment of the centre and its nearby areas are kept in hygienic conditions. During joint field visits of anganwadi centres, audit observed that five anganwadis constructed (July 2013) in Panchmahals and six of them constructed (February 2014) in Khambhat were functioning adjacent to stagnated dirty water pond or garbage containers,” stated a CAG report on local bodies. The auditor also found that of the total funds released for the construction of 4,089 anganwadi centres in eight municipal corporations in 2013, only 36 percent were utilised as on July 31, 2015. Of the 4,089 proposed anganwadis, only 883 were constructed, the rest were either under-construction (182 centres) or work had not started (3,024 centres).
While Vadodara Municipal Corporation used 100% funds, others like Gandhinagar, Junagadh and Ahmedabad had used only zero, nine and 12 percent of the funds, respectively. While Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had no land to build 1,729 anganwadis, it was not able to put 45 of the constructed anganwadi centres to use due to “non-availability of electricity connections”.