292 villages require ICDS centres

Shillong, May 21: Social Welfare Minister, Kyrmen Shylla informed the Assembly on Thursday that 292 villages required an integrated child development services (ICDS) centre.

Shylla was replying to a question raised by Congress legislator from Umroi, George B Lyngdoh in Assembly on Thursday.

On the reason for not re-opening ICDS centres in these uncovered villages, Shylla said, being a centrally sponsored scheme, the proposal for creating additional aganwadi centres have been taken up with the government of India and the sanction is awaited.

He said that the expected number of children affected due to non-availability of ICDS centre is 10,500.

Lyngdoh urged the minister to speed up taking measures to ensure that ICDS centres are set up.

On this, the minister informed that the department had sent the proposal on June 14, last year while reminders were also sent twice on February 5 and March 9, this year.