New Delhi: Taking a serious note of the snail pace of progress of the women oriented development schemes in Uttarakhand, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Krishna Tirath has sought action-taken report from the state government.

The state government needs to submit the report before September 30.

Expressing displeasure over the vacant 8000 post of Anganwadi volunteers, the minister in a letter to Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhiryal Nishank mentioned that such vacancies have a negative impact on the welfare schemes related to women and child development schemes.

Presently, out of 1124 Anganwadi workers’ post, 518 are lying vacant which is creating hurdles in implementing welfare schemes.

Mentioning the inspection conducted by Joint Secretary Dr Vivek Joshi in Dehradun and Haridwar on July 8 and 9, Krishna Tirath highlighted the several lacunae in the progress of the development schemes.

It is worth mentioning that Joshi in his report mentioned that the directives under Sabla and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna, which is related to the empowerment of  young girls, has not yet reached the block level.

Interestingly, Sabla project was a pilot project of Ministry of Women Welfare and Child Development which was implemented in select 200 districts of the country. It included Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Nainital and Haridwar districts of Uttarakhand.

On a similar note, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna was implemented in 52 districts across the country, including Dehradun.

JPN/Bureau