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Government aiming high on anganwadi centres

Posted:  Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The more the better seems to be the Government’s stance on anganwadi centres (AWCs). The government plans to construct 50,000 AWCs every year to provide better health care in villages. If this plan comes to pass, two lakh anganwadis will have buildings of their own over the span of the next four years.

The Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi made this announcement while giving away the National Awards to anganwadi workers for exceptional work at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The scheme will receive partial funding from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MGNREGA) and the ICDS budget.

A staggering number of 13.4 lakh anganwadis operate across the country. However, more than 2 lakh of these centres function from rented buildings and have no facilities of their own. Beginning this financial year, 50,000 anganwadi centres are being constructed in the states that have high malnutrition prevalence. These states include Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chattisgarh Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand.

In a move to motivate anganwadi workers, Ms Gandhi also announced an increase in the number of reserved posts from 25 percent to 50 percent. Graduate anganwadi workers who have put in ten years of service can apply for these posts and get promoted to the supervisor’s position.

Citing the government’s concern for the anganwadi workers Ms. Gandhi said, “We are constructing anganwadi centres so that you (anganwadi workers) get space to sit, set up creches for children and feed them properly etc. I understand that you really face trouble in the absence of a proper

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