Inferior growth monitoring devices purchased for Anganwadis
These devices were installed in 20069 Anganwadi centres under child nutrition programme.
In what can turn out into a major scam in the women empowerment and child development department, the growth monitoring devices installed in 20069 Anganwadi centres of Uttarakhand this year are turning out to be of inferior quality and are error prone.
These machines were purchased with a budget of Rs 11.50 Crores provided by the Government of India under its child nutrition programme. After receiving many complaints about these machines, the department has stopped the payment of the firm which supplied these machines. Under the child nutrition programme, the growth monitoring devices were to be installed in all the Anganwadi centres of the state.
These devices included infantometer, stadiometer, child weighing machines and mother and child weighing machines.
The infantometer is used for measuring babies and infants up to the age of two years. For measuring the height of children above of the age of two years, stadiometer is used. The Anganwadi workers are complaining that these machines are giving faulty measurements and the displays of the machines is also not clear. Each of these machines cost between Rs 1200 to Rs 1650 a piece. A budget of Rs 11.50 Crore was earmarked for supply of these equipment in Anganwadi centres of the state.
The growth monitoring devices were installed in the Anganwadi centres to get the real time picture of the growth status of the children. The data of these machines are uploaded in the nutrition monitoring software of the Integrated Child Development Services ( ICDS)- Common Application Software (CAS).
It is learnt that these machines were supplied by a Gujarat based company, The Apple Weighinfra Limited which was awarded the tender of supplying the machines in February this year. When contacted the women and child development secretary Sowjanya said that following complaints the payment to the firm concerned has been stopped.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun
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