Last mile smile
Communities are coming together in Jharkhand to create vigilance mechanisms to enforce food entitlement programmes
FLalita and Kundan used IVE-YEAR-OLD to spend most of their day under a banyan tree in Pandanberha village in Deogarh district, Jharkhand. There was no anganwadi (child day care centre) or a playschool for more than 90 children in the village. There were also 14 pregnant and six lactating mothers who were deprived of anganwadi facilities.In September 2013,members of the Gram Ahar Raksha Dal (gard) in the village applied for an anganwadi at the Deogarh block office. “This was our longstanding demand. But for the first time, we knew what to do to overcome it,” says Kamdev Rai,a gard member,who, is Lalita’s mother.Today,their r village has an anganwadi.
Villages in almost all districts in Jharkhand have formed a community-based monitoring system, gard, to enforce food entitlement sche-
BIHAR Deogarh district
GARD members have strengthened the PDS
system in Jharkhand