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Ramshackle Anganwadi centre!

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Jun 2017 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 27: North Jyotigar Anganwadi Centre in the Chandmari-Bamunimaidam area in the city is quite different from its kinds seen elsewhere in the State. It, however, looks exactly like what the term ‘Anganwadi’ suggests -- courtyard shelter. Unlike its kinds elsewhere in the State, this centre has no structure for shelter right now. It had a shed with CI sheet roof and bamboo walls. However, now roof is badly perforated, and the bamboo walls are broken. The structure is not only unfit for children to sit on, but is also fraught with the risk of losing their life and limb. The teacher, Anjali Kalita, takes classes under the ramshackle structure, risking her and children’s lives. She has a helper. The centre was set up in 2010 when the Congress was in power in the State. According to Kalita, the Centre got an amount of Rs 9,000 from the government for the centre. “Since then, there’s no help of any sort from the government. I and my helper Arpa Haloi have to spend on our own to take a room on rent from my parents for the purpose. We’ve not been able to pay the rent for months together,” she said, and added: “Though 20 children are attending the centre, no teaching aid and books come from the government. The children have no supply of materials for food. There’s no drinking water facility either. We’ve let Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal know the situation, but to no avail. We draw Dispur’s attention yet again so as to give the centre a respite.”

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