Secretariat gets creche for govt officials’ kids
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.