IMPHAL, December 19: The Anganwadi centres, run with 100 percent central funding under the Social Welfare department, are in pitiable conditions. There are 1554 anganwadi centres. Buildings of anganwadi centres in Imphal East and Imphal West which were supposed to be constructed under the fourth phase are yet to be constructed. In such a scenario, anganwadi workers and helpers of Keishamthong a/c are seen eating in the fields along with the children.
This was stated by Keishamthong MLA I Ibomcha Singh in the House raising a Calling Attention Motion on failure to properly implement centrally sponsored schemes of Social Welfare department today.
Further in his motion, the MLA also said that it has been nine months, since the distribution of supplementary nutritious items to be provided to the children, pregnant women and feeding mothers stopped.
He also continued that it has been long since the distribution of 10 kg of rice each to the aged persons under the Anna-Purna scheme had stopped.
It would be humilitating if in case someone files a Public Interest Litigation before a court on this issue, he continued.
He further continued that the banks have failed to disperse the amounts for the Old Age pensions in time.
The pensions are provided for months together at a time, he said.
Some pensioners have even died trying to follow the frequently changed rules of the banks and the department, he said.
The problem must be more severe in the hill districts than in the valley districts, the MLA continued.
He further appealed to the concerned department to look into the issues at the earliest.