‘Irregularities’ in ICDS scheme

‘Substandard foodgrains supplied to Anganwari centres’

ZAHEER KHAN

Jammu, Dec 20: The state government has failed to initiate a probe into irregularities in the implementation of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme in the state as reflected in the report of a Central committee.
Sources said that while Centre has asked the state government to come with an explanation after conducting ground level investigation, the state government has been dragging its feet to initiate a probe into the matter, particularly the issue of substandard foodgrains being supplied to state Anganwari centers of the state as mentioned in the Committee report.
Pertinently, the Ministry of Women and Child Development had sought an explanation from state government regarding irregularities in ICDS scheme after a probe committee on December 11, sampled the food as substandard and below prescribed norms.
According to the sources, nexus between the official and contractors was facilitating supply of poor quality food to Anganwari centers. “The state government was directed to investigate the matter at ground level and submit an explanation within two weeks time,” sources  said.
They said that the Social Welfare Department, Jammu and Kashmir has proposed to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. However, there has been no headway so far.
Earlier, a five-member central committee  report submitted  to Ministry of Women and Child Development  mentioned that the samples got tested from National Institute of Nutrition were nutrition deficit. This compelled Ministry of Women and Child Development to ask state government to furnish a status report on the matter within two weeks.
When contacted, Commissioner Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Gazanfar Hussain,   declined to comment on the issue.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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