Union Minister of Women And Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath is unhappy with the implementation pace of the schemes of Sabla and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana(IGMSY) in Uttrakhand. The Minister has dispatched a letter to Shri Ramesh Phokhariyal, Chief Minister of Uttrakhand on 29th Aug, in this regards. The Minister has mentioned that the visit of Joint Secretary of the Ministry to Dehradun and Haridwar District on 8th & 9th July, 2011 revealed several lacunae in the progress of both the schemes. The implementation guidelines for the Schemes have not reached the field units, despite the fact that the Ministry has issued guidelines to the States/UTs in April, 2011.
The Minister states that it is a matter of concern that though the baseline survey for identification of beneficiaries has been conducted by the State Government in December 2010 and funds were released by the Ministry for 2010-11 and the first quarter of 2011-12 both the nutrition and non-nutrition services have yet to commence. The Minister ,as per the content of letter, is informed that the State is facing acute shortage of manpower under ICDS as out of 1124 posts sanctioned (other than Anganwadi Workers), only 606 persons are in position; 518 posts are lying vacant. Additionally, nearly 8000 posts of Aanganwadi Workers are also vacant. This is perhaps one of the reasons affecting the working of ICDS and the implementation of Sabla and IGMSY Schemes in the State, Smt. Tirath laments. The Minister further states that there seems lack of involvement and guidance from the State level to the field functionaries. And, this is compounding the problem in the implementation of the Sabla and IGMSY in the State.
The Minister warns that unless concrete measures are taken on an urgent basis, the Schemes may not take-off in the state.Smt.Krishna Tirath has sought an action plan of implementation from the state government by 30th September,2011