//Ammathottil in abandoned state

Ammathottil in abandoned state

Tuesday April 25 2006 14:27 IST

KOZHIKODE: The much hyped ‘Ammathottil’ (baby bag) project of the District Child Welfare Council, considered to be functional by March 2006, is still in its pre-natal stage.

The construction of its building at Nellikunnu near Chevayur has not gone beyond laying the foundation stone.

Industries Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju had laid the foundation stone of the building and Forest Minister A. Sujanapal had laid the stone for the construction of Balasevika Mandir adjacent to it.

Unfortunately, both the projects are now in an abandoned state.

The council had allotted Rs 5 lakh for the construction of the ‘baby bag’ and stamps to the tune of Rs 2.75 lakh have been distributed for sale to mobilise fund required for its completion.

Though a three-storied building is to be constructed at the five-cent area under the ownership of the council at Nellikunnu, it was decided to complete the ground floor under the first phase by March.

“The council successfully runs a similar ‘Ammathottil project in Thiruvananthapuram.

Here, the project may be getting delayed due to the Assembly election,” said A. Sheela, Kozhikode regional assistant director of Social Welfare Department.

The department is the nodal agency of the State Government which is entitled to monitor recognised foundling houses engaged in protecting the abandoned and street children below the age of five.

The project is supposed to adopt and nurture the abandoned infants and to provide them with homes as per the guidelines of the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA).

The Balasevika Mandir, which also is a part of the project, is meant to shelter the abandoned children until somebody comes up legally to adopt them.