Early Scope

Creches to come up from May 13

By: Ambika Pandit | TNN | May 6, 2016, 12.24 AM IST

New Delhi: Admitting to a delay of three months due to procedural hurdles, the women and child development department has assured the Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) that the government will start setting up anganwadi-cum-model creches at 30 locations in the densely populated slums of the northeast and south districts from May 13.

Last week, the commission issued a notice to the state government after it took suomotu cognisance of a TOI report of April 26 about the delay and the resultant safety hazards for the slum children.

After the rape of a five-year-old girl in the Kalyanpuri resettlement area, the report had highlighted the delay in the construction of the creches on a pilot basis under the Integrated Child Development Scheme. TOI earlier reported that the government had committed to a December deadline for the creches.

The DCW notice said, "The commission views this delay seriously as creches can play an important role in ensuring safety of children in Delhi." It gave the department seven days to respond.

The department response has stated that the government has initiated the process to open the creches in the south and northeast districts as both these areas are densely populated with women involved in household jobs and labour work. Children in these areas are under danger as they are either roaming on streets without any caregiver or left in the care of elder siblings.

The department has also said the proposed timeline for starting the anganwadi creches was January 2016 and admitted to a three-month delay in execution. Identification of sites and recruitment of additional creche workers and helpers have been cited as the major reasons behind the delay. Now the department has overcome the procedural blocks to recruit the necessary staff, it added.

The government will operationalise these creches with training and technical support from Mobile Creches, a voluntary organisation. 

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