600 Anganwadis in Kozhikode rely on rented spaces; struggle to stay afloat

Aparna Raj

Painted wall of anganwadi

Kozhikode: A total of 600 Anganwadis are functioning in rented private buildings and schools in Kozhikode district.

About 7000 children are present in attending Anganwadis in Kozhikode district. Of these, 2338 Anganwadis have their own building while 420 Anganwadis are functioning on rented premises. Further, 145 Anganwadis are functioning in buildings without rent and 35 anganwadis are in school building.

The children are attending classes insecurely in rented buildings and dilapidated buildings due to lack of coordination between the various departments. As a result, many parents are reluctant to send their wards to Anganwadis. With this, many schemes implemented by the government at the cost of crores of rupees are getting wasted.

Meanwhile, the government has implemented a project to build Anganwadis. However, the authorities are struggling to find land to build Anganwadis. The problem is most visible in corporations and municipalities where meagre fund provided by the government for procuring and building Anganwadis is not enough.

Elsewhere, schools housing Anganwadis have demanded to vacate spaces allocated for them due to increase in the number of students enrolled each year.

High rents for buildings in urban areas also make it hard for the authorities to find space for Anganwadis. Rs 3,000 allocated by the government is not enough to pay the rent. Due to this, Anganwadis operate in congested spaces and are functioning without a fitness certificate. Anganwadi workers alleged that there are no facilities for children to play.

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