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To prevent cases of malnutrition among kindergarten children, Karnataka government recently started a new scheme.
Under this scheme, the government provides two eggs and 5 glasses of milk to every child per week.
But it has come to light that the scheme is not fulfilling its aim. The situation in many Anganwadis is such that instead of two eggs, children have been getting only one or half or sometimes no eggs at all.
One boiled egg is divided between two, and in some cases among four children. Only half a litre of milk is distributed to a dozen kids.
As per the budget announcement in July when the scheme came into force, more than 35 lakh Anganwadis come under this scheme. But as the government is not supplying the materials for this scheme, it falls on the teachers should to buy eggs and milk from the market.
The state gives Rs 4.50 per egg, but in most places, each egg costs around Rs 5 or Rs 6. Due to this shortage of funds, most Anganwadi teachers cannot afford to buy the required number of eggs for their charges.
The teachers say that the government should provide eggs directly to the Anganwadis.
The state government's Women and Children Welfare Committee ordered that eggs and milk should be given to children in the 3-6 years age group. But in Anganwadis, there're 2-3 year old children too.