Scheme for children under rights panel’s lens

July 29th, 2011 - 12:26 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday issued notices to the women and child development ministry and states over alleged corruption in implementation of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).

“The commission issued notices to the principal secretary of the ministry of women and child development and the chief secretaries of all the states, and asked them to submit their reports in the matter within six weeks,” a statement said.

The NHRC took suo motu cognizance of media reports that only 40 percent of the expenditure on the supplementary nutrition of the children under the ICDS could actually be accounted for at the national level.

The reports were based on the planning commission’s review of the ICDS launched to reduce malnutrition among children up to six years old, the NHRC said.

The reports alleged that there was a nexus among the officials responsible for implementing the programme, contractors and panchayat and Anganwadi workers to siphon off public funds.

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