Vedanta to help Govt build 4,000 anganwadi centres across nation
Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, in a first-of-its-kind Public Private Partnership, has joined hands with the Vedanta Group to develop and modernise the Anganwadi infrastructure in the country. Anganwadi is the service delivery unit established under the Integrated Child development Scheme (ICDS), the flagship programme of the Ministry. Every year, the Ministry keeps a separate budget to develop <g data-gr-id="34">infrastructure</g> of Anganwadis so as to improve the overall functioning.
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) has been emphasising the need for these buildings, as places where the women in the villages can gather and discuss their issues and find solutions through collective action. “The problem of malnutrition is a huge national challenge and the ministry is going to launch the national nutrition mission.
“This NandGhar model will provide targeted delivery of supplementary nutrition services along with related healthcare services for both mother and child including skill training for women,” said Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development. She stated <g data-gr-id="32">that,</g> training of Anganwadi social workers and construction of Anganwadi buildings are essential components of the mission.“And we are delighted that corporates as Vedanta have entered into this unique partnership to construct 4000 Anganwadis,” she said.
She has also stressed on the need of having toilets in these buildings for women to further the objectives of <g data-gr-id="26">Swachh</g> Bharat Mission. “The ‘NandGhar’ is an extension to the existing Anganwadi initiative and will be Vedanta Group’s endeavour to provide a better environment to the children of India.
Healthy children and empowered women will eradicate poverty and malnutrition. Our NandGhar project aligns with our honourable PM’s vision and commitment to providing quality education to children and skill development to women in the whole country,” said Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal. Under the Anganwadi programme, supplementary nutrition is provided to children in the age group 6 months-6 years and to pregnant/lactating mothers. The main objective of ICDS is to fight the problem of malnutrition. To reach out to every corner of the country, a network of over 14 lakh <g data-gr-id="39">Anganwadis</g> has been established in every village, town, city and other habitations.