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Over 1.4 mn 'fake children' registered with anganwadis in UP: WCD Ministry

There are a total of 10.8 million children enrolled in anganwadis of Uttar Pradesh and Rs 21.26 billion has been sanctioned for these centres till February 2018

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Over 1.4 million "fake children" have been found registered across 188,000 anganwadis in Uttar Pradesh, the Women and has said.

In a meeting of the Nutrition Council on Thursday, the ministry was informed that about 1.45 million fake beneficiaries were registered with 188 thousand anganwadis in the state, a senior WCD said.

Anganwadis, a type of rural centres, were set up by the government to combat under nutrition and stunting among children below the age of six years.

"The ghost children were identified after registration of beneficiaries with Aadhaar," the said.

There are a total of 10.8 million children enrolled in anganwadis of and Rs 21.26 billion has been sanctioned for these centres till February 2018 in this fiscal, according to government data.

The ministry gives Rs 4.8 and the state contributes Rs 3.2 for food per day for every child, the said.

"With the identification of the fake children, it has been found that about Rs 250 million can be saved every month in Uttar Pradesh," he said.

Another Women and Child Development (WCD) official said about 39 per cent of the total child population in resides in and so the number of children in the state is high.

The identification and elimination of fake beneficiaries registered in various anganwadis across the country is an "ongoing process".

The process was started in July after the Assam government during a physical identification of children found 1.4 million fake beneficiaries.

Stating that many lapses have been found in the food distribution system, Maneka Gandhi had directed all state governments to verify the number of children who "really need to be fed."

There are around 1.4 million anganwadis across the country and 100 million beneficiaries, who include children under the age of six and pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Gandhi in September said about one crore fake beneficiaries registered in various anganwadis have been identified and eliminated.

The identification of fake beneficiaries is also being done through smartphones having (ICDS-CAS) app.

It has been distributed to about 120,000 centres and the ministry aims to increase its coverage to 1.4 million centres by the end of the year, officials said.

The nutrition monitoring app has been developed under the Poshan Abhiyan also called the Nutrition Mission, which aims to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0-6 years from 38.4 per cent to 25 per cent by 2022.

First Published: Sun, November 18 2018. 12:20 IST
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