Jamshedpur, Oct. 27: East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal on Tuesday carried surprise inspection of five Anganwadi centers in Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) along with district social welfare officer Ranjana Mishra.
The deputy commissioner inspected two centers each at Daiguttu and Azadnagar locality of Mango and one center in Gaur Basti locality.
“We wanted to monitor functioning of the Anganwadi center in the district and hence undertook the surprise inspection. We will be continuing such inspections in future too,” Amitabh Kaushal later told newsmen.
During the inspection, the deputy commissioner and the district social welfare officer not only checked attendance of children and mothers but also the attendance of the Anganwadi sevika (center in-charge).
“ We have been receiving complains that some Anganwadi in-charges manipulated the number of children enrolled in their centers to get more dietary supplements, while in reality very few children turn up at centers. The inspection was aimed to keep a vigil on sevikas,” said Ranjana Mishra.
The district social welfare officer, however, said that they did not find any anomalies in any of the five centers inspected today.
There are nearly 300 Anganwadi centers in the district that provide dietary supplements to children up to the age of six years, pregnant women and lactating mothers from economically backward classes. They function under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) of the Union government.