Govt sign MoU to build next generation Anganwadis

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vedanta to develop and modernize 4000 Anganwadis in the country. Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development signed the MoU in New Delhi today, to develop these ‘next generation’ Anganwadis.

Speaking on the signing of the MOU, Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Shri V. Somasundaran, said “We are planning to modernize the Anganwadis and revamp these as enablers that will not only provide supplementary nutrition and basic healthcare services in villages but also function as a place to mobilize the village women to increase their participation in community development.”

Vedanta will build the ‘next generation’ Anganwadi centres, for which they will commits Rs 400cr. These anganwadi centers will be built in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh among others. These model Anganwadis will be built in clusters of 25-30 in a particular district with multi functional capabilities. The land for the Anganwadis will be provided by the Gram Panchayats.

Anganwadi is the service delivery unit established under the Integrated Child development Scheme (ICDS), the flagship programme of the Women & Child Development Ministry. The modern Anaganwadis will seek to add to the existing Anganwadi model of the Ministry’s ‘Integrated Women and Child Development Scheme’. It will enhance the learning environment through e-learning modules for children and skill enhancement programmes for women. This center will also act as a focal point for immunization, gender sensitization and maternal care.

Besides providing the children with a modern learning environment and play area, the new centers will also act as a platform for empowering women and young girls through multi- skilling.

The model Anganwadis will be equipped with solar power, television for e-learning, hygienic toilets and pure drinking water supply. Spread over an area of about 700 sqft, the cost of each ‘next generation’ Anganwadi will be around Rs 10 Lakhs. Construction of these centres will be done by using unique prefabricated Eco-friendly structures. Post construction, the new Anganwadi centres will be handed over to the respective Panchayat/ local urban body.

These ‘next generation’ Anganwadis will also have access to medical vans provided by Vedanta, to improve and meet the need for primary medical services to children and women. In this path breaking initiative, the ‘next generation anganwadis’ will act as social incubators that will help uplift the communities on a national scale by educating children, eradicating malnutrition and developing vocational skills among women in India.