The case of ‘fake chil­dren’

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

As­tate-level in­quiry has re­vealed the pres­ence of 14 lakh “fake chil­dren” in as­sam’s ben­e­fi­ciary list of an­gan­wadis, women and child devel­op­ment min­is­ter maneka gandhi said. “Thanks to as­sam, we found out how many chil­dren are re­ally be­ing fed in an­gan­wadis. in the ini­tial sur­vey last year, it was found that there are 3 lakh fake chil­dren. now, an­other sur­vey in June 2018 has re­vealed that there are ac­tu­ally 14 lakh fake chil­dren... For the first time since the an­gan­wadi pro­gramme started, ev­ery state will start count­ing chil­dren. as­sam found a large num­ber of chil­dren who don’t ex­ist,” said the min­is­ter, while ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence. “We are re­quest­ing ev­ery state to do the same dur­ing the Poshan month of Septem­ber so that the money comes back into the sys­tem and can be used to im­prove qual­ity of food. We have to count the chil­dren in the sys­tem and make sure these are real and not fake chil­dren.”

ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, ground level work­ers have in­flated the ben­e­fi­ciary lists, which leads to leak­age in funds. She re­vealed that the cen­tre has asked states to weed out non-ex­ist­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the list of the coun­try’s to­tal 10 crore ben­e­fi­cia­ries. min­istry of­fi­cials clar­i­fied that the fake ben­e­fi­ciary list had noth­ing to do with the na­tional reg­is­ter of cit­i­zens (nrc).

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