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The Reality of Anganwadi Scheme in Karnakata

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Photo Source  :   Times of India

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.

posted Jul 25, 2017 by Nalini Vishwanath

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Nalini Vishwanath,
Very true that children are not getting what government as promised. But,it is not only government fault. One of the girl who came to foteacher training course narrated that her sister in law who is anganwadi teacher in a village shows in record 35 children but, fact is in anganawadi there are only 5. This is adjusted between supervisior and others. This girl who reside in Bangalore goes to her village and get all the groceries for her house including sanitary napkins,cotton, toys etc.,, she told that she only buy Oil because it is not good. Rava, jaggery, curry leaves,red chilli everything she brings. Her family is running on this. I hope these corruption is all over because after she said one more girl from another village is telling my neighbor is a teacher in anganwadi and she also won't buy apart from rice and oil. Basically everyone under this scheme is getting benefits apart from those who required.
Thank you somuch for throwing light into facts and reality. u hv been bold enough tovoice out whts happening.  Good Luck !
Actual fact is it that the purpose of the scheme itself is to give education to more children... to attract the child to come to school through these kind of program.
It feels really sad when the purpose is not served but utilised in a wrong way.

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