government’s political commitment to the issue.
The central government has increased the amount allocated to 2 Rs per child. No. of anganwadis- the target has not been reached by the states.
These mid day meals can function where schools are functioning properly. But in Nandurbar schools are not functioning properly so how do you expect mid day meals to be functioning efficiently.
The schemes are survival oriented, so they don’t let you live nor die.
Pre-school education and nutrition is also important. The anganwadi worker is not a government worker but an honorary worker. Training for these workers has progressively reduced over time
Mahatma Phule Rojgar Yojna – 3 kg rice that was there previously, should also be continued.
The question of untouchability in these schemes - Many high caste people will not eat if the cook is from SC/ST. the cooks do not get timely payment.
Seasonal Migrants- they miss out on availing of these schemes
Many children discard the food rather than eat it because the food either monotonous or it is of bad quality. So there is a lot of wastage.
Both schemes are for social welfare. But the budget allocated for this is progressively decreasing. How can one increase the budgetary allocation
Shasvat Surakhit Upjivika - the security of job that government position gives the anganwadi workers makes them confident to flaunt rules so they have to be pressurized by the gram sabha.
Session IV -
Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food
17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur