Anganwadi children unsafe in dilapidated building

Maintenance work has not been done for the past several years

ERODE: Children attending the anganwadi in Sangu Nagar are facing serious threat to their life as it operates from a dilapidated building.

Risking lives: The damaged building of an anganwadi at Sangu Nagar in Erode poses danger to the children. People urged the officials concerned to shift the centre immediately. - PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

The State government had not taken up any repair or maintenance works in the centre for the past several years. “Chunks of concrete break off from the roof and fall on the floor often”, people complain.

“Many parents are not sending their children to the centre on a regular basis fearing their safety,” a senior citizen said.

The centre also lacks adequate space. Children sit in open space or on the corridors of the building to have their lunch.

“With the mercury soaring to unbearable levels, children are finding it very difficult to sit outside the building,” people point out.

The centre is run under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme, which aims at improving the nutritional and health status of children in the age group of 0-6 years and to lay foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child.

The present condition of the centre in Sangu Nagar defeats the very purpose of the ICDS scheme. The centre also lacks basic amenities, which is adversely affecting the health of the children. People have taken the issue to the authorities at the ICDS office and the district administration to shift the centre to a safe location. “But no fruitful efforts have been taken to sort out the problem,” people complained.

From THE HINDU

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