Monday, November 29, 1999

Pucca buildings for all anganwadis, mobile units in hill areas

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New Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) 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.

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