Three of the village karykartas went to meet the Collector, Srikanth Nagulapalli, again. The ICDS project Director Vidyavathi was also present when they reiterated their complaint that the anganwadis were not functioning since several years. They told him what the MRO told them (”anganwadi is like that only”) and the Collector called the MRO and asked him how dare he reply like that? The MRO denied saying any such thing and the Collector said, “the villagers are right here, do you want to talk to them?” He declined. The Collector told him to conduct a proper enquiry. He scratched his head and asked, “where are all those supplies going?”
Varahalanaidu filled him in. “pappu kunchem vanda rUpayalaki ammutunnAranDI.” [They are selling the dal for Rs. 100 / kunchem]. He was not familiar with “kunchem” a local unit of measure so they explained that it was just under 3 kg. Similarly they told him the going rate of the oil, rice, etc.
They emphasized that they needed to find out from the individual households and not just go by the papers filed. It so happened that Surya Telugu Daily had just ran an article exposing the extent of corruption in ICDS. The author of the article passionately appealed to the Collector, as a new, young person, to correct this injustice.
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