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Report finds irregularities in schemes

- Kids get below par food

Kohima, March 21: Several irregularities have been detected in the implementation of most of the 16 central schemes in Nagaland.

A survey conducted by the monitoring cell of the state planning and coordination department found that Anganwadi centres were being supplied packaged food items that had crossed their expiry date under the Integrated Child Development Service. Most of the sub-standard food items were being supplied to under-developed districts like Tuensang and Mon but the government has not initiated any action against the suppliers.

While 65 per cent Anganwadis do not have toilets, the rest are in a dilapidated state.

The report says community participation needs to be more responsive since 55 per cent of the public has no interest in the activities of Anganwadi centres.

Besides, the delivery mechanism has to improve for proper implementation.

The report also says the agencies responsible for the supply of supplementary nutrition products need to ensure uninterrupted supply and the government should probe cases of any disruption.

Regarding the immunisation programme, the survey found that 80 per cent children below the age of five had been administered polio vaccines. But vaccination against other childhood diseases like measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tuberculosis had covered only 20 per cent. According to the National Family and Health Survey report, the coverage of the immunisation programme in Nagaland was 21 per cent, the least among the states.

The survey also found that pre-school education was lacking in under-developed districts like Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire, where teachers only had some rudimentary teaching aids.

The report also noted that children did not have access to pre-school facilities, a playroom or children’s room.

There were problems in midday meal scheme, too, with most schools serving food only twice a week because of insufficient supply of rice.

Most schools under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan lacked toilet, kitchen, drinking water and assembly halls. Most schools in the interior areas did not have adequate furniture.

Another scheme which has come under scanner is the National Rural Health Mission where 80 per cent of health sub-centres are in a pathetic condition because of shortage of funds, doctors and medicines. Sanitation and toilet facilities are poor in more than 70 per cent of primary health centres. They too suffer from shortage of doctors.

The survey found that 71 per cent people are not familiar with the provisions of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which empowers them to demand work as a right.

The report says direct funding for the central programmes during 2010-11 fiscal was Rs 1,68,870.57 lakh.

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