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Title: Revamping SNP Delhi Experience

Revamping SNP- Delhi Experience
  • Dr. G. Narendra Kumar
  • Secretary ,Social Welfare,
  • Govt of NCT Delhi

  • Contractors mobilized by former departmental
    employees monopolized SNP supply for a
    considerably long period of time.
  • Complaints about poor quality ,short supply , and
    irregular supply.
  • Reports of connections between field
    functionaries and contractors.
  • Internal clique to support the contractors.
  • Contractors lobby extending to high political

Departmental Setting
  • Department mired in corruption with almost half
    of the officials caught up in vigilance cases.
  • Hardly any PCS officer or well-meaning official
    willing to join the department.
  • Unfounded press reports fueled by departmental
    power centers and factions fighting each other.
  • Interference of courts based on unfounded press
    reports and quite often to take actions for
    pinning the blame for past irregularities.
  • No initiative for new work while there are a lot
    of demands for innovative new work.

Implementing Supreme Court Directions
  • Supreme court passes directions on eliminating
  • Affidavit about alternative arrangements not
  • While those contractors with knowledge of
    departmental functioning survive and do better in
    terms of quality supply new contractors supply
    irregularly on account of blockages in payments.

Reconfiguring the SNP System- Objectives
  • Provide freshly prepared supplementary nutrition
    for ICDS beneficiaries.
  • Involve community ownership in nutrition supply
    through local SHGs.
  • Create economic opportunities for women.
  • Expand the SHG movement along with the expansion
    of the ICDS scheme.
  • Using the modern methods of PPPs to strengthen
    SNP .

Reconfiguring the SNP System
  • Committee for revamping the SNP system
    constituted with external members , including
    members from FD and NGOs.
  • Arrangement to create/ enhance the capacity of
    SHGs for supplying cooked food.
  • Each SHG needs to supply food to 12 anganwari
    centers to be viable.
  • Decreasing the number of anganwari centers to 5
    per SHG in order to allow other SHGs to develop
    and bring about greater bonding with the
  • Group cohesiveness, a matter of concern in an
    urban setting.

Reconfiguring the SNP System(2)
  • SHGs members to be local area women.
  • Capacity building of SHGs needed for them to
    remain cohesive and successful.
  • Quality of SNP supplies a major issue- external
    monitoring agency.
  • Need to give sufficient time for SHGs to
    stabilize and to be able to systematically supply

Reconfiguring the SNP System(3)
  • Different menus for children below 2 years and
    for other beneficiaries.
  • External performance evaluation on an annual
  • One third of the SHGs to be capacitated to
    supply SNP in 9-months .
  • Arrangement to continue iteratively.

Supply Chain Management and Financial Issues
  • Capacity building on SCM to be integral part of
    capacity building efforts.
  • NPOs allowed to submit proposals for one or more
  • Bank gaurantee to safeguard advance to NPOs.
  • Indicators developed for assessing the success of
    self-help groups.

Keeping the Contractors out
  • NPOs with 3 years experience in women and child
    development and nutrition .
  • Weightage to those who can provide additional
    services for the well-being of women and
    children(womens empowerment, immunization, etc.)
  • Clear mandate to hand over to SHGs in a
    time-bound manner.
  • No conflict of interest clause.

  • 3- Stage Transparent Process
  • Preliminary screening process through
    advertisement in papers.
  • Detailed proposal submitted by short listed NPOs
    based on scheme.
  • Further round of inspections and presentations.
  • Selection based on transparent criteria including
    strength in forming SHGs and experience in
    providing nutrition.

Process Experience
  • 114 organizations applied.
  • 60 short listed in first round.
  • 41 responded with detailed proposal
  • Panel of NPOs drawn up.
  • Contractors in the garb of NPOs also found to
    have applied.
  • Mix of large and small organizations have
    proposed to supply SNP through SHGs.

  • A workable system for
  • Achieving supplementary nutrition supply through
    SHGs using NPOs to
  • condense time ,
  • to do it accountably and
  • bring together modern management practices
    to SNP supply.

Thank You

The MCD Experience
  • MCD started mid-day meals with 300 odd suppliers.
  • The number of suppliers reduced initially to 72
    and then to 11 based on quality considerations.
  • 11 suppliers with automated kitchens to supply
    mid-day meals to schools.
  • Court cases wrt selection , pointing to the
    stickiness of NGOs.
  • Can we expect such large suppliers to be SHGs of
    mothers, in conformity with the Supreme Court

Other Differences with the MCD Supply
  • Attendance at MCD schools taken consistently
    while the attendance at anganwari centers
  • Both contractors and large NGOs supplying mid-day
  • Even large NGOs to be distinguished from SHGs.
  • Overlap in cooking timings for supply of mid-day
    meals and supply of supplementary nutrition,
    necessitating additional infrastructure.
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