|Staff shortage hits Anganwari centres across JK|
|6000 posts including supervisors, AWWs, AWHs vacant|
|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Aug 3: Anganwadi centres, which are considered as child-mother care centre at village level, have been badly hit across Jammu and Kashmir because of shortage of manpower.
More than 6000 posts of supervisor, Anganwadi workers and Anganwari helpers stand vacant in the state, Early Times has learnt.
As per the document compiled by Social Welfare Department, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has sanctioned 31938 centres so far for J&K. But out of these, the state government has succeeded in making 29599 centres operational in 22 districts. "2339 centres are yet to start", the document reads.
Sources informed Early Times that to make functional these sanctioned centres, the government has sanctioned one each post of Anganwadi worker and helper to each centre, but due to negligence on part of the Social Welfare department, only 28707 Anganwari workers have been engaged while nearly 3231 centres across state have no Anganwadi worker, as a resulting the child and mother care is suffering at village level especially.
"Similarly, AWHs (Anganwari Helper) which is considered to be backbone to run the centre, is facing acute shortage of helpers (2339)", said sources. The government has sanctioned 1308 posts of supervisors, but the department concerned has engaged only 932 supervisors so far and the remaining 376 posts are vacant. "In Jammu division, 175 posts of supervisors are yet to filled while 64 were vacant in both districts of Jammu and Kathua for a long time", the document reveals.
The three newly constituted districts of Jammu division-Udhampur, Rajouri and Reasi-have 29, 26 and 18 posts respectively of supervisors yet to be filled.