11 January 2019
Tirunelveli: After becoming the first woman collector of Tirunelveli district, about 600 kilometres from Chennai, 2009 batch IAS officer Shilpa Prabhakar Satish has led by example again by enrolling her young daughter in Anganwadi instead of preferring a private school.
Reportedly, when she is asked what prompted her to take this decision, she says, "We (government) are the ones who promote anganwadis no."
Satish admitted her daughter to the state-run anganwadi close to her house. She bats for anganwadis, as she believes that they are "integrated child development areas" that keep track of the children's health.
With all the required facilities like good infrastructure, teachers and play material, the anganwadis have become nutritional development centres. The diversity of kids is also what prompted Satish to take the decision. “I want my child to rub shoulders with all sections of the society and also pick up the Tamil language quickly,” she said.
Tirunelveli has a few thousand anganwadi centres and teachers in the district are provided with smartphones with an app which can be used to record the height and weight of the children and help maintain their health record. As a part of the National Nutritious Mission, the parents are given dietary counselling too.
“These anganwadis are wholesome development of the child," she said.
For those in the upper ranks of government, private and fancy schools may be the usual practice, but this Collector seems to have set an example by her brave yet simple choice.