Sec­re­tariat gets creche for govt of­fi­cials’ kids

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

FULLY EQUIPPED: The creche at In­draprastha Es­tate has two feed­ing cen­tres, two sleep­ing rooms with four beds, a play­room, two dress­ing rooms and a huge liv­ing area for kids and their par­ents New Delhi: Ad­dress­ing the con­cerns of work­ing par­ents who are forced to leave their kids at home when they go out to per­form their pro­fes­sional du­ties, the depart­ment of women and child de­vel­op­ment has set up a creche on the premises of the Delhi Sec­re­tariat.

The creche was in­au­gu­rated by deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia on Thurs­day. Sit­u­ated on the sec­ond floor of the Play­ers Build­ing at In­draprastha Es­tate, the creche has two feed­ing cen­tres, two sleep­ing rooms with four beds, a play­room, two dress­ing rooms and a huge liv­ing area for kids and their par­ents. A small lawn con­nected with one of the rooms will also be used as a play area es­pe­cially dur­ing the win­ters. The Delhi gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials hav­ing chil­dren in the age group of one to six years can avail the fa­cil­i­ties of the creche.

In a state­ment, the Delhi gov­ern­ment has stated that the creche has been set up keep­ing in mind that many gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials send their kids to pri­vate creches while com­ing to work. They get very lit­tle time to spend

with them. “The of­fi­cials can now keep the kids within their own of­fice premises. The creche will not only help bridge the gap of phys­i­cal dis­tance be­tween the par­ents and the in­fants, but will also strengthen their emo­tional bond,” the state­ment said.

Ac­cord­ing to an es­ti­mate, about 2,500 Delhi gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees work out of the Play­ers’ Build­ing, and about 10% of the work­force is women.

Af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the fa­cil­ity, Siso­dia said that a creche in the of­fice build­ing is an ex­cel­lent model which should be adopted by all work­places, in­clud­ing pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions. “The of­fi­cials work­ing here will now be able to stay closer to their kids and visit them any­time. They can also feed them and play with them,” he said.

SB Shashank, di­rec­tor, women and child de­vel­op­ment depart­ment, said that the gov­ern­ment will now be push­ing the cor­po­rate firms to have creches at their work­places. “Our next goal is to con­vince cor­po­rate firms and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions to have creches too. This will solve the prob­lem of all work­ing moth­ers,” he said.

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