Pucca buildings for all anganwadis, mobile units in hill areas

In a bid to provide succour to children and women in hilly and difficult terrains, the Ministry of Women and Child development has decided to provide mobile anganwadis in such areas.

New Delhi: In a bid to provide succour to
children and women in hilly and difficult terrains, the
Ministry of Women and Child development has decided to provide
mobile anganwadis in such areas besides constructing permanent
buildings for all the existing ones across the country.

The decision was taken at a review of the Integrated
Child Development Services by Minister of State for Women and
Child Development Krishna Tirath here today.

"These mobile anganwadis would help children and women
in remote and hilly areas where it is difficult to provide any
kind of such services," Tirath told reporters here.

She said almost 80 per cent anganwadis in the country had
`pucca (permanent)` structures, but the Centre had sought
funds from the Planning Commission for providing `pucca`
structures for all the existing anganwadis of the country.

At the review meeting, Tirath asked state ministers and
state secretaries to effectively universalise the ICDS through
immediate operationalisation of all projects and anganwadi
centres.

They were also advised to ensure that all eligible
beneficiaries are covered by improving the quality of service
delivery.

The states were also asked to ensure that all three
forms of Supplementary Nutritional Programme are provided as
per norms, uninterruptedly, while concurrently taking steps to
check pilferage, wastage, and spoilage.

The states were asked to constitute State Nutrition
Councils chaired by Chief Ministers, set up Inter-departmental
Coordination Committees headed by Chief Secretaries, establish
District Coordination Committees under District Collectors and
establish State IYCF Committees for implementing the IMS Act
and IYCF promotion.

PTI

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