The case of ‘fake children’
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).