Vast improvement in Child Development Centres at RPCs
The well-equipped buildings in which young children of Regional
Plantation Company (RPC) estates are taken care of, are now advanced
early childhood development centres, a vast improvement from the
single-room Pullemadus that were used earlier.
Records maintained by the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT)
show that 936 or over 60% of Child Development Centres (CDCs) of
Regional Plantation Company (RPC) estates have been upgraded since 1973,
one year after privatisation of estates by the government.
Standards at 917 of 1,493 centres or more than 60% of all (CDCs)
within the 396 estates managed by the RPCs have been classified as
'Ideal Child Development Centres' by the PHDT, a tripartite organisation
comprising RPCs, Trade Unions and the Government.
In 2011, 73 CDCs were upgraded to standards classified by the PHDT as
'ideal' based on 10 criteria developed by the PHDT.