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RAJOURI: District Administration, Rajouri carried out a surprise checking of Anganwadi Centres across the district except cross-LoC firing affected Nowshera Division. The inspection was carried by SDMs Tehsldars, Naib Tehsildars and Patwari. Inspection started at 10:30 AM however the officials were stationed at respective areas without prior information about inspection.
During the inspection, over 600 Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) in district were found closed while thousands of children enrolled in these centers were absent and around 1,400 officials engaged in ICDS project were absent from duty. The day-long exercise further revealed that many AWCs were closed since last one year and ration had not be supplied to many centres.
In Koteranka out of 214 AWCs only 84 were found open while 130 were closed. In the AWCs found open only 82 officials were present while 132 were absent. Likewise only 99 children were present in these centres against 135 absent. Tehsildar Koteranka Mohd Rafiq inspected 18 AWCs all of which were found closed. SDM Koteranka Gopal Sharma inspected three Anganwadi Centres out of which two were reported to be closed since last one year and no nutrition was provided to children enrolled.
Tehsildar Manjakote reported that out of 152 AWCs only 39 were found functioning however only 31 officials were present against staff of more than 80. Out of 501 children enrolled in these centres 357 were reported to be absent. In Tehsil Siot all 25 AWCs were found open however two officials were absent. In Darhal Tehsil 73 AWCs were found functioning.
In Tryath Tehsil four AWCs were reported to be functioning against a total number of 54 centres. Tehsildar Kalakote reported that 60 out of 64 AWWCs were found functioning while 18 officials were reported to be absent. SDM Kalakote inspected three AWCs where out of 64 children only 12 were found present while four officials were absent. In Sunderbani six officials were found absent while one centre was reported to be closed. In Tehsil Beripattan one centre was closed while three officials were absent.
In Tehsil Rajouri including city area most of the Anganwadi centres were closed. Presence of children in open centres was less than 25 per cent of overall enrolment. In seven wards 26 out of 42 AWCs were found closed.
Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who planned this district wide surprise inspections asked the SDMs and CDPOs to come up with details of absentees and irregularities in functioning of AWCs for initiating action. He said the district administration will take steps for linking of AWCs with primary schools to ensure presence of ICDS officials and avoiding suspected double enrolment of children in AWCs and schools.
It will also help in strengthening the pre-school education system in district. Many officials are being placed under suspension and proceeded against departmentally for these grave irregularities.
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