Senior officials in Chhattisgarh carried out surprise visits to see how well the state-run nutrition and protection schemes meant to benefit children and women from poor families are being executed, stunning both the beneficiaries and the staff.
The Secretary and Director of the Woman and Child Welfare Department (WCD) and its 20 senior officers undertook the unannounced field inspection in 16 districts in the state over the past two days, an official communiqué said on Friday.
The Thursday-Friday inspection was led by WCD Secretary Prasanna R and Director Divya Umesh Mishra.
Aganwadi centres in the state are closed due to Covid-19.
For Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, ensuring nutrition and protection to children and women is a priority, the statement said.
Secretary Prasanna inspected the Mukhyamantri Suposhan Yojana (MSY) in Akaltara while Director Mishra oversaw the project in Jaijaipur.
Both of them made physical verification of ‘ready to eat’ food packets, enquired about the status of delivery of ration at home and other schemes. They interacted with the beneficiaries.
On receiving complaints, the Secretary instructed the District Collector of Janjgir–Champa and other officers to fill the gaps in the food delivery system, the statement said.
Other places where the inspections were carried out included Raipur, Mahasamund, Dhamtari, Balodabazar-Bhatapara and Gariaband.