Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Thursday admitted before the High Court that it was aware that the Anganwadi Center (AWC) at Suansia Sahi in Nayagarh district, was in a dilapidated condition, where at least seven children died of wall collapse on July 9.
In response to the PILs that alleged that the State Government was aware of the poor infrastructure of the AWC and that criminal proceedings should be taken against the erring officials, the Nayagarh collector Saroj Kanta Choudhury submitted the affidavit to the High Court.
The Collector also informed the court that the school headmistress and ICDS supervisors have already been suspended and the government was considering action against the child development project officer as the technical consultants had earlier declared the building unsafe but no step was taken to demolish the dilapidated building.
It also said that a compensation of Rs.1 lakh for each of the families of those killed is provided from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and State Red Cross Society and Rs 10,000 from District Red Cross Society.
Furthermore, the concerned families have also been included under ‘Mo Kudia’ yojna, of the State Government.
Source: 360 NS