Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The Kerala State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Confederation has demanded that the Government ensure the safety of the 30,000-odd anganwadis across the State in the light of the increasing number of natural disasters.

A meeting of the confederation’s State committee held here said many anganwadis had unhygienic surroundings and were under the threat of trees falling on them. Many of them were functioning in old buildings on the verge of collapse, it said. The meeting demanded that the Government repair the buildings on a war-footing and ensure hygienic surroundings of the anganwadis, where nearly nine lakh children under the age of five were being nursed. The confederation also demanded that potable water be ensured for all anganwadis in the State.

Haridas Pulpetta, State president of the confederation, presided. Working president Sarojini Melattur, vice-president Ramlath K. and general secretary Jayasree N. spoke.