Started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program, the Anganwadi is an all-encompassing health care centre for settlements. Its goals are vital and comprehensive: to combat child nutrition and hunger, to provide basic health care, and to offer pre-school education.The main beneficiaries are young children, teenage girls, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Call to Action:Pregnant and expecting mothers from Maniyar Chak Kharva village are not receiving the care and support they are entitled to due to the malpractice of the Anganwadi worker,Rana Devi. You can put a stop to this. Call Now: Ranju Kumari CDPO (Child Development Program Officer) Munger District Bihar Tel: 9431005560NOW! CC Shila Shekh, reports about the corrupt practices of Rana Devi, the Anganwadi worker from Maniyar Chak Kharva village, Munger district, Bihar. Up to 10 pregnant and expecting resident mothers are not receiving their nutritious food quota from the Anganwadi centre. Along with this, children who come to the centre do not receive adequate food as per government guidelines. Frustrated Pinki Devi explains, “We neither get any dal nor rice or sugar, we don’t get anything.” Roopa Devi adds: “Pregnant women don’t get any food, only 5 months after delivery does the women get something, like one and half kilos of rice and two small containers of dal and some sugar.” Having spoken to our Correspondent Shila we further learnt that over 100 women from the village speak with conviction that Ratna Devi is withholding funds and rations she receives from the governmentand sells them on the market. We were further told that Ratna Devi coming from a privileged, well connected background is able to dictate her terms and get away with it. Through similar case, Community Correspondent Sunita, our CommunityCorrespondent in Rajasthan managed to end corruption with hervideo. This goes to show just how powerful a community’s voice teamed with a camera is. Today, you can help the pregnant and expecting mothers of Maniyar Chak Kharva village. ACT NOW! Watch more videos like this by clicking on this link. To volunteer your time to help build and design Anganwadi’s check this Australian partnership website. Written by Manjinder Singh Sidhu
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