21 Jun

An Audit of the Social Audit Day Program by the Ministry of ICDS (Phulwari Sharif)

A social audit of the Anganwadi centers in every village is supposed to be an audit by the members of the society in seeing whether the Anganwadi is able to serve the people right. This is an event which takes place every six months and is widely publicized by the organizing ministry, the Integrated Child Development Services.

Designated office-bearers along with the citizens get an opportunity to walk up to the Anganwadis and audit the performance of the center over the last couple of months. A very powerful tool by the letter of the law.

However, when at Seva Setu audited the audit today, we found a different story. No audit really happens! The letter of the law is all the remains. Most Anganwadi centers were busy doing paper work related to Aadhar and ration cards. Further, we found out some centers which were not functioning at all!

Expected vs. reality - Social audit program by the department of ICDS where the society is supposed to walk up to Anganwadis and ask how the last 6 months have been. Of the ten we visited randomly today, none had the audit going on!

Expected vs. reality – Social audit program by the department of ICDS where the society is supposed to walk up to Anganwadis and ask how the last 6 months have been. Of the ten we visited randomly today, none had the audit going on!

Further, some Anganwadi centers were dysfunctional!

Further, some Anganwadi centers were dysfunctional!

Non-functioning Anganwadi center number 101 at Kurthol village, Phulwari block in Patna, Bihar.

Non-functioning Anganwadi center number 101 at Kurthol village, Phulwari block in Patna, Bihar.

Minutes of the audits maintained by the Anganwadi centers. This is a boilerplate message, without real information on any actionable items or discussions, being used for the last couple of years.

Minutes of the audits maintained by the Anganwadi centers. This is a boilerplate message, without real information on any actionable items or discussions, being used for the last couple of years.

Attendance logs maintained by the Anganwadi centers. It shows most of the members required to be at the audits to be missing.

Attendance logs maintained by the Anganwadi centers. It shows most of the members required to be at the audits to be missing.

Jago Ganatantra, Jago! Spread the word to make those who err sit up and notice.
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