Vacancies in Anganwadis



Vacancies in Anganwadis 

            The details of sanctioned, in-position and vacant posts of ICDS functionaries like Child Development Project Officer (CDPO),  Supervisors, Anganwadi Workers and helpers as on 31.03.2015 are as under:


Posts
Sanctioned
In-position
Vacant
Child Development Project Officer (CDPO)/ ACDPOs
9043
5495
3548
Supervisors 
55187
35735
19452
Anganwadi Workers
1400000
1287851
112149
Anganwadi helpers
1283150
1164541
118609

Information on vacancy position of District Programme Officer is not maintained at the Central. Level.

ICDS is self selecting scheme. States/ UTs have been requested from time to time to improve implementation of the ICDS Scheme and optimize coverage of beneficiaries at the AnganwadiCentres. There has been significant progress in the implementation of ICDS Scheme in terms of increase in number of operational projects and AnganwadiCentres (AWCs) and coverage of beneficiaries.

As per Schematic norms of the ICDS Scheme, Government of India is responsible for the Planning & Policy issues whereas State Governments are responsible for the implementation of the Scheme. The reasons for shortage of Anganwadi workers across the country are largely due to administrative, procedural and legal delays in filling-up of vacant posts by the State Governments/ UT Administrations. Ministry of Women & Child Development has repeatedly impressed upon the State Governments/ UT Administrations to take all required measures for early operationalisation of sanctioned AnganwadiCentres (AWCs)/ mini-AWCs including filling-up vacant positions.

The Government has introduced 5-tier monitoring & review mechanism at National, State, District, Block and Anganwadi Levels and has issued guidelines on 31.03.2011. The role of Committees at State, District and Block levels is to monitor and review the overall performance of ICDS Scheme in the State/ UT including vacancy position of ICDS functionaries at different levels.

     This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, SmtManeka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Violation of Rights of Women and Children 

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has reported 2404, 3281, 3340 and 2270 cases of violation of child rights in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 (till 30.06.2015) respectively. The National Commission for Women has registered 16584, 22422, 32118 and 9786 cases of violation of rights of women in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 (till date) respectively. 

The reasons for violation of child rights include violations under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and violation under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. Child rights violations are also related to displacement, violence, trafficking, etc. The actions taken by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights include conduct of summon hearings and giving directions to concerned officials, giving recommendations to State Governments, etc. The Government has also enacted several laws such as the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, the Prohibition of Child marriage Act, 2006 and is implementing schemes for the protection of children such as the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, etc. 

The reasons for violation of women rights include: domestic violence, outraging the modesty of women, dowry harassment, property dispute, rape, etc. Action taken by the National Commission for Women includes forwarding the complaints: to the opposite party for their written submission by issuing letters/ notices; to the concerned authorities seeking action taken reports; and to other concerned authorities/other Commissions/State Women Commissions and if required, constituting Inquiry Committees under section 8 of the National Commission for Women Act, 1990. Other actions taken by the Government include enforcement and implementation of laws and programme for the protection of women such as Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal)Act, 2013, One Stop Centres, Women Helpline, etc. 

The other steps taken/being taken by the Government to protect/restore rights of women and children include: National Policy for Children, 2013, Guidelines Governing Adoption, 2015; the Integrated Child Development Services; Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme; Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls; Indira Gandhi Maitritva Sahyog Yojana; organizing of Special Mahila Gram Sabhas, Nari Chaupals, Beti Janmahotsava, etc. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Cases of ‘Dowry Deaths’ and ‘Cruelty by husband or his relatives’ 

The highest number of dowry deaths during the last three years consecutively have been reported from the state of Uttar Pradesh followed by Bihar. As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, Uttar Pradesh reported 2244 dowry deaths(Sec 304 B of IPC) in 2012, 2335 dowry deaths in 2013 & 2469 dowry deaths in 2014(Provisional) which is the highest in the country for that year. Bihar is placed second in dowry death cases consecutively in the last three years with number of 1275 dowry deaths reported in 2012 & 1182 in 2013, 1373 in 2014(Provisional). The states of West Bengal , Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh reported among the highest cases of Cruelty by Husband or his Relatives (Sec 498-A IPC) during the last three years. 

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, a total number of 106527, 118866 and 122877 cases have been registered under section 498-A-IPC (cruelty by husband or his relatives) during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. Similarly, a total number of 8233, 8083 and 8455 cases were registered under section 304 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (Dowry Death) in the country during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. 

The Government of India regularly conducts awareness generation programmes and publicity campaigns on various laws relating to women including Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 through workshops, fairs, cultural programmes, seminars, training programmes etc. Advertisements are regularly brought out in the print and electronic media to create awareness on laws relating to rights of women. The Ministry reviews with the States time to time for effective implementation of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Rescue of Missing and Trafficked Children 

As per the data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau, the total number of children rescued from trafficking during the last three years is 2600 in 2012, 3834 in 2013 and 2676 in the year 2014 respectively. 

As per the data provided by the Ministry of Railways, the number of children rescued in railways across the country in various zones is 412 in 2013, 925 in 2014 and 88 in 2015(Upto June, 2015) respectively. 

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Railways on 19th May 2015, to further the association and co-operation in the implementation of jointly prepared Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and to ensure the care and protection, security, well- being of run-away, unaccompanied and trafficked children who come in contact with the railways. The Ministry has decided to set up Child Help Desks/Kiosks on the platforms of 20 major stations, initially with help of Ministry of Railways. These help desks will assist Child Help Groups comprising of Station Superintendent/Station Master, the SHO(GRP),Inspector(RPF) and SSE(works) for rescue and rehabilitation of children in difficult circumstances. 

The Ministry is also implementing a centrally sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) for the improvement in the well being of children in difficult circumstances, including trafficked children. Under ICPS, financial assistance is provided to the States /UTs for, inter-alia, undertaking a situational analysis of children in difficult circumstances, for setting up and maintenance of various types of Homes including Children Homes and Specialised Adoption Agencies. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Domestic Violence Act 

As per the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, all the States/UTs Government are required to notify the voluntary organisation as Service Providers and there is no scheme being administered by Ministry of Women and Child Development to provide grants to them. Under the scheme of Family Counselling Centres, the assistance to voluntary organisation are being given as follows;- 

i) Honorarium for 2 counsellors at Rs. 7000/- p.m. per counsellor in ‘A’ class cities and Rs. 5500/- p.m. per counsellor in other cities. 

ii) An amount of Rs. 60,000 per annum for other expenses such as rent/maintenance, honorarium to experts, typist, peon, contingencies TA/DA for visits, etc 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Internal Complaints Committee in Private Companies 

The Section 23 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 casts the responsibility on the appropriate Government to monitor the implementation of this act and maintain data on the number of cases filed and disposed of. 

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has requested Ministry of Corporate Affairs to make constitution of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) as mandatory disclosure under the Companies Act, 2013. 

The Ministry of Women and Child Development had issued advisories to all States/UTs Government on 23rd December, 2013 and 27th October, 2014 to ensure effective implementation of the Act. The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Society, Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) have been requested to ensure effective implementation of the Act amongst their members in private sector entities. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Online Tracking System for Missing Children 

The Ministry of Women & Child Development has set up web portals ‘Track Child’ and ‘Khoya - Paya’ under its centrally sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) to track the missing and found children. 

In the Khoya - Paya portal launched recently on 2nd June, 2015, around 1500 cases of missing/sighted children have been reported and 140 cases of missing children have been closed. 

During 1st January 2012 to 26th July 2015, 153265 children were missing, 92797 children were found & 62474 children were matched through TrackChild portal . 

The Number of cases registered in NCPCR about missing children are 10690 in 2013, 14144 in 2014 & 5131 in 2015 (till June 2015) respectively. 

The Government has enhanced financial norms under ICPS w.e.f 1st April, 2014. Some of the key features of the revised scheme are: Increased child maintenance grant from Rs. 750 to Rs. 2000 per child per month, increased financial norm for construction and maintenance of a new home for 50 children from Rs 77.61 lakh to Rs. 1.29 crore, increased financial support for a special unit of 10 children for children with special needs from Rs. 4.22 lakh to Rs 10.48 lakh, flexibility in staffing pattern and enhanced cost of construction from Rs.600 per sq.ft to Rs.1000per sq.ft or as per PWD norms, whichever is lower. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Rashtriya Mahila Kosh 

RMK extends microfinance to the poorest and asset less women entrepreneurs through Intermediatroy Organisations (IMOs) for income generating activities @ 6% simple interest who in turn extend the loan to SHGs beneficiaries’ upto 14% simple rate of interest. 

The existing mechanism for effective implementation of various schemes of RMK is as under: 

i. On receipt of any loan application from the NGOs, a preliminary appraisal is made. If any additional documents/ information is required from the applicant side, a query letter is raised. After receipt of full set of documents, the loan is then appraised. 

ii. At this stage, a decision is taken as to either refer it for pre-sanction study by the RMK officials or to decline the proposal. 

iii. For those proposals which meet all the eligible criteria framed by RMK and after receipt of all required documents / information, a pre-sanction study is conducted by RMK officials. 

iv. During such pre-sanction study, the RMK Officers visit the organization, check all the books and registers such as Cash Book, General Ledger, Vouchers etc. They also visit the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) promoted by the organization, interact with SHG members. Based on the feedback / information collected during the field visit, the officers prepare the Pre-sanction study report. 

v. After this report, an appraisal note is prepared by the concerned Deputy Director for placing the same before the Competent Authority. 

vi. The Competent Authority, after considering all the relevant facts of the case as contained in the Appraisal note, sanctions or defers the proposal for submission of further details or declines it. The applicant NGOs is conveyed the decision of the Competent Authority.

vii. After sanction of the loan by the Committee, RMK conveys the sanction to the NGOs containing all terms & conditions of the sanction. 

viii. On receipt of necessary documents viz. disbursement certificate, utilization certificate, etc., the post-sanction monitoring study is conducted by the RMK officers (other than the one who had under taken the pre-sanction visit) to verify the end use of the funds, adherence to the terms & conditions of the sanction letter and quality of utilization of funds. 

ix. During the Post Sanction Visit, RMK officials verify the related records, entries in books etc. 

x. The women SHGs benefited out of the 1st installment of loan are also visited at random by RMK officials to verify the assets created out of RMK loan. In case of misutilization / misappropriation, RMK can also recall the loan. 

xi. If the borrowers default, necessary legal action under Section 138 of Negotiable Instrumental Act, filling of Civil Suit and other recovery proceeding through appointment of Arbitrator are taken. Simultaneously the defaulting NGOs are blacklisted whereby they are debarred from availing any sort of grants or aid by any Central / State Government agency. 


This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today. 


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