Anganwadi workers to be given smart phones to monitor working

Anganwadi workers to be given smart phones to monitor working

SRINAGAR: If all goes to plan, anganwadi workers across Jammu and Kashmir will be equipped with gadgets like tablet computers, smart phones and power banks to effectively monitor the nutrition being provided to children at anganwadi centres.
Officials said the decision will also help in “instantly reporting” different activities of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) on daily basis in nearly 150 administrative blocks of Jammu and Kashmir.
They said the initiative would be executed using customised software to avoid delay in implementation of nutrition and child welfare schemes.
Deputy Director ICDS J&K, Bilkees Jan told Kashmir Reader that the initiative will expedite registration and monitoring of children under various schemes through Aadhaar enrolment.
“The introduction of modern gadgets will also avoid any delay in process due to callous approach of the field staff or technical difficulties faced by them,” she said.
The Deputy Director, who joined the ICDS J&K last month, said the idea will help evaluate the performance of the field staff including anganwadi workers and monitor whether the proper diet is being given to children at anganwadi centres or not.
“Initially, the tablet computers will be distributed among the supervisory staff in each zone. Other gadgets will be handed over to other workers once funds are allotted for that,” she said.
Muzamil Mustafa, one of the program officers of the ICDS in Srinagar, said they had already received power banks for the workers in his block. However, she was yet to receive smart phones and tablets, she said.
“We will be able to employ Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) effectively once we receive the gadgets. They can upload various data like dietary intake and health updates of children and supply of food grains and supplementary nutrition on a daily basis under Poshan Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, and other schemes,” she said.