Bhubaneswar, August 9 (LocalWire): The department of Women & child welfare and Mission Shakti has submitted a proposal to the government for green fencing and developing kitchen gardens in Anganwadi centres.
Integrated Child Development Scheme-funded 72,587 Anganwadi centres are running in the state that await green ambience for a good learning-environment for tiny tots enrolled in these pre-school centres.
‘It is being proposed to provide each AWC with green fencing and kitchen garden with saplings of papaya, banana, guava, drumstick and also planting vegetables like green leafy vegetables and okra, tomatoes and the likefor a good learning environment,’ WCD and Mission Shakti principal secretary said in a letter to Principal Secretary, agriculture and farmers’ empowerment department.
Funds under MGNREGS are available with the agriculture and farmers’ empowerment department (Horticulture unit), which can be utilized to develop the above components in the AWCs.
The concerned deputy directors of horticulture may be directed to utilize the MGNREGS component towards developing green fencing and kitchen gardens in the AWCs.
The district social welfare officers have been instructed to provide a list of suitable AWCs to the deputy directors, Horticulture, the letter stated.
The AWCs being run through Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) provide supplementary nutrition, non-formal pre-school education, nutrition and health education, immunization, health check-up facilities for tiny tots below 6 year age-group.
Of the functional 72,587 AWCs in the state, 34,651 do not have their own infrastructure.
In the wake of absence of infrastructure, the village schools double up as primary educational institutions and pre-schooling AWC.