Poshan Abhiyan: Need More Anganwadi Centres in Rajasthan
The Rajasthan government has asked the Centre to increase the number of Anganwadi centres in the state for effective implementation of the 'Poshan Abhiyan'.
According to the transcript of the meeting of the National Council of Nutritional Challenges accessed by PTI, Rajasthan's Women and Child Development Minister Mamta Bhupesh has asked the Union Women and Child Development Ministry to sanction more Anganwadi centres for the state.
“Geographically, Rajasthan is a large state and anganwadis are located at a distance of six to seven kilometres. It makes transportation of children difficult from one place to another. Hence, I request the Centre to increase the number of Anganwadi centres in the state.”Mamta Bhupesh, Women and Child Development Minister, Rajasthan
She further said that more Anganwadi centres are required for effective implementation of the Poshan Abhiyan or the National Nutrition Mission.
Presently, there are 62,000 Anganwadi centres operational in Rajasthan and 14 lakh across the country.
Bhupesh also raised the issue of around 20,000 such centres being taken on rent.
"If budget could be sanctioned then we can build more Anganwadi centres rather than taking them on rent," she said.
It aims to achieve reduction in stunting from 38.4 per cent (NFHS-4) to 25 per cent by 2022.
The meeting was also attended by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, WCD secretary Rabindra Panwar, officials of the Union Health Ministry, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Nutrition among others.
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