Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government
has sought sanction for 6,500 more Anganwadi centres from the Central government in order to bring all areas under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
"The Centre has been approached for sanctioning of
more 6,500 Anganwadi centres to bring all the areas under
Integrated Child Development Scheme, which looks after
maternal and child health and nutrition, in Jammu and
Kashmir," Social Welfare Minister Sakina Itoo said today.
A proposal for creating basic infrastructure for
Anganwadi centres has already been submitted to the Central
government for approval, she said.
Stating that 28,000 Anganwadi centres are working
in the state, she said that the government is trying to ensure
timely payment of pension to the beneficiaries and a lot has
been achieved in this direction.
A survey would be conducted through Anganwadi centres
to ascertain the population of physically challenged in the
state, so that the Centre could be approached for financial
assistance for them accordingly, she added.
The Minister has also asked department officers and
functionaries to launch a massive awareness campaign in their
respective areas to bring more beneficiaries under the welfare