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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Will ensure food in anganwadis: Dept

Will ensure food in anganwadis: Dept

Vishav Bharti
Tribune News Service\
Chandigarh, September 9

The state government has swung into action after The Tribune highlighted how anganwadi children were being sent back hungry for the past two months even as the department concerned organised an event related to “Poshan Maah” in a five-star hotel.

Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, Director, Social Security and Development of Women and Children, said food could not be supplied in some districts due to laxity on part of district programme officers. She said some officials had failed to submit bills with the district treasuries, following which the supply of ration was stopped by government agencies.

“We will seek an explanation from the erring officials and action will be taken against those found negligent,” she added.

The Director said the government was committed to make the “Poshan Abhiyan” a mass movement. She said necessary instructions had been issued to the field officers to provide diet to the children at any cost.

Sources said they had also been asked to click photographs of the food being served to them and send it to the head office. Following the orders, a large number of blocks, which failed to submit the bills made the arrangements for food for the children on their own. A meeting of the field officials has been called through video conferencing on Tuesday morning.

The Tribune had, on Monday, highlighted that how over five lakh children enrolled in anganwadis are being sent back hungry as the department has failed to procure food for them. Despite this, the department celebrated nutrition month in a five-star hotel in Chandigarh.

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