NHRC's action on ICDS

IMPHAL, May 30: The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Manipur calling for a report on a complaint alleging severe irregularities in the supply of mid-day meal in Government run schools and improper functioning of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme. The Commission's notice came on the heels of a complaint by Wide Angle. This was stated by Montu Ahanthem, Secretary of Wide Angle during a press meet at the Manipur press club today.

He further said that the Chief Secretary has been given four weeks time to respond and National Human Rights Commission has asked for a high level inquiry in this matter.

He continued that the complaint has been made by the organization after a study was conducted with the support of European Union in which it was found that there were lots of reports from various circles that the quantity of rice allocated for the children under the Mid Day Meal scheme is never at par with the actual allocation for every government school i.e. 50 kg with ground allocation being found only to be about 30 kg to 40 kg.

He further said that in the follow up survey conducted on May 24- 26, 2013, it came to light that the  ICDS was not functioning properly.

He appeals to the concerned authorities to disclose the reason for not releasing the salary for 14 months of the anganwadi helpers and supervisors.

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