There are no carpets for children to sit on in the crèches; instead, freezers are sent to the crèches.

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There are no carpets for children to sit on in the crèches; instead, freezers are sent to the crèches.

Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal inspects the newly constructed crèche at Haryana Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh. (file photo)

Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal inspects the newly constructed crèche at Haryana Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh. (file photo)

Raj Kumar Narwhal. Mmm. 165 crèches are being run by the Women and Child Development Department in different districts of the state. The department has set a target of opening 500 centers. Children of working women aged between 6 months and 6 years are accommodated in these crèches. These centers provide children’s play equipment, toys and nutritious food. Haryana is the first state in the country to introduce a crèche policy. The new crèche policy was also announced in the Official Gazette in July. Senior officials of the department have also started ensuring that the children coming to the crèches are provided with best possible facilities.

Refrigerators, cupboards, gas bottles and ovens were sent to the crèches. The crèche staff say that first of all, these centers should have been sent carpets for the children to sit on as the winter season has started and the children are forced to sit on the floor without carpets. In the centers of many districts there have been no more sitting mats for children since 2017. Gas bottle and stove are available, but utensils for cooking and serving food are not available. Freezing was given. However, no facilities were provided for milk and fruits to store them. In these centers there are no pots, glasses, campers, etc. to provide water to the children. The department has not made any provision for broom, mop, soap, towel etc. to ensure the cleanliness of these centers.

The crèche employees fill the gas bottles with their Pallas. The gas bottles were filled with gas three to four times. But even after presenting the receipt, the office does not pay the money for the gas bottles. The problems of the employees and helpers who work in these daycare centers are no less. It takes a year and six months to get the rent and salaries for the centers’ buildings. In the last few months not even a ration has been sent to the children. However, the facilities provided in these crèches in Kaithal, the home district of Women and Child Development Minister Kamlesh Dhanda, are not provided in other districts. There is also discrimination in feeding children nutritious food.

Not even a training certificate was issued.

About three years ago, in February 2021, the staff of these daycare centers received 14 days of training and the helpers received four days of training. But so far, the crèche staff and helpers have received neither training certificates nor travel expenses to and from Kurukshetra. Some crèche staff had also set up a CM window to collect the certificates. But the CM window was settled by submitting a certificate and assuring rent payment. But the problem remains the same.

Nursery workers and helpers did not receive a pay increase

In July this year, the government had introduced the crèche policy. As part of the new regulation, the salaries of daycare staff and helpers have been increased. But so far they have not received a raise. Deputy head of the department Rajbala Katiyara said a supplementary budget was required for this. Due to lack of funds, there were delays in receiving salaries.

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