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Tech woes: Anganwadi workers in Maharashtra return their phones due to technical glitches

Technical glitches, lack of provisions, and privacy violations are just a few of the alleged problems with the app that is contributing to their woes while on the frontlines of the pandemic.  Anganwadi workers in Maharashtra have started to return their mobile phones to the State Women and Child Department (WCD), as a mark of protest beginning August 17, according to a report by Hindustan Times.  The Anganwadi workers are protesting the inadequacies of POSHAN Tracker app which was launched six months back by the Union Women and Child Development Ministry.  The ministry claimed that the app would automate data collection done by Anganwadi workers but instead of aiding them in their work, the app has purportedly increased their workload. Such technical glitches could lead to the duplication of efforts and delay in work, thus adding to workers' woes. The organisers of the protest told MediaNama that they can’t predict the exact number of phones returned but intend to return all the phones being used by Anganwadi workers in Maharashtra by the end of the month.  What are the problems with the app? MA Patil who is one of the organisers of the protest shared the following problems in regards to the app:  Defective, riddled with technical glitches and no provision of deletion of records: "When a six-year-old child becomes a year older, his name shouldn't be on the list however the application doesn't delete his name. Thus, the child keeps getting a nutrition package which is incorrect,"Patil said. He also added that…

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