Chandigarh: Scores of anganwadi centres in Haryana are wearing a deserted look even after spending crores of rupees on their development. In absence of infrastructure facilities and medicines, several females and their wards are distancing from anganwadi centres.

A report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Haryana have reveled startling facts about the anganwadis running under Centre sponsoring the Integrated Child Development Scheme for the children between 0-6 years.

According to the report, 27 per cent of the anganwadi centres in the state lack drinking water, while 43 per cent of them are without toilets. Following this, children and women do not want to come here.

The report said that even as the number of anganwadi centres increased from 13,546 to 17,444 during 2005- 2010, there was no significant rise in strength of the children in them, which rose to 12.21 lakh from 11.93 lakh in five years.

“Drinking water facilities were not available at 7,522 centres and 4,684 anganwadis were without toilet facilities. In 5238 anganwadis, neither drinking water nor toilet facilities were available,” the report said.

Against the target of constructing 1,179 anganwadis, only 965 buildings were constructed during 2005-10, the report said and added that funds amounting to Rs 7.10 crore remained unused.

The report stated that against the sanctioned funds of Rs 8.80 crore for furniture for the anganwadi children, only Rs 4.28 crore were utilized in 17 districts.

“Despite the provision of Rs 7.76 crore for purchase of medicine, an amount of Rs 3.34 crore was spent. The company responsible for the supply of medicines has not provided the medicines for the past two years,” the report said.

JPN/Bureau