At a time when the state government is in full force to complete the Chief Minister’s pet scheme, Mana Badi -Nadu-Nedu, one among the Navaratnalu, to decrease the dropout rate in all schools by taking up various measures including upgrading the school infrastructure, an Anganwadi centre in ward no 17, of Adarsh Nagar, located in the midst of sprawling suburb is in stark contrast to its surroundings due to the apathy of department officials in dealing with the genuine problems.
For many tiny-tots, their enthusiasm is short-lived, because they start feeling hot and stuffy within minutes. You want to know the reason. Not even one ceiling fans work since there is no electricity connection to the school. Speaking to Hello Vizag, V Padma, who has been working in the school in GVMC Zone III for the past 12 years said, that while there was no electricity connection to the school even when she had joined, the centre was given a power supply for a period of three years in between.
Subsequently, it was again disconnected for reasons only known to authorities concerned. Till now, no officials have bothered to resolve the issue till now, they rued. This long-pending problem came to light recently when a contender from the Jana Sena Party for the ULB polls from Ward 17, campaigned in the area and highlighted the long-pending problem to ensure power connectivity to the school.
With the strength of about 40 children in the Anganwadi centre, teachers take classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awareness programme for pregnant women and adolescent girls are also conducted at the Anganwadi centre frequently as per the instructions of the government. All this and more are being conducted without electricity for several years now. Some parents complain that children suffer from dehydration and nausea due to the heat, especially during summer. Ramulu, whose kid is studying in the Anganwadi said, despite asking them for help, none of the staff has responded till now. Our repeated pleas fall on their deaf ears. It is indeed shameful and disgusting to see a Ward Sachivalayam office Right next to the Anganwadi centre, which has computers, air-conditioners and all facilities.
Another resident of Adarsh Nagar, whose four-year-old daughter Bhavya Sri studies at the Anganwadi centre, said “very often, my daughter comes home in the middle of the class due to suffocation. The centre does not even have a proper drinking water supply.” Adding to the insult, many locals dump their household waste right at the entrance of the centre, he added. After all how much is too much! How can we carry forward India’s vision of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, if the district administration does not open their eyes and see the pitiable condition of the above Anganwadi centre?