Recognizing the need to create a safe, clean and empowering environment for effective cognitive, emotional and social development in a child’s critical first five years of life, the government is now planning to build 23,510 Anganwadi Centers and modernize 16,681 of the existing ones Anganwadi building as part of the ‘Mana Anganwadi Nadu-Nedu’ program for a period of three years.
“The new construction and modernization work is being carried out by the Anganwadi Development Committee (AWDC), which consists of an Anganwadi employee, a supervisor, Mahila Samrakshana Karyadarshi, a technical assistant (convenor) and three mothers of children aged 2 to 4 years who are enrolled at the Anganwadi Center, ”said Kritika Shukla, Director of Women’s Development and Child Welfare. The work will be carried out as part of the community contracting method based on the model of Mana Badi Nadu-Nedu, she said.
The modernization of the existing buildings will mainly focus on nine components at an estimated cost of £ 6.9. These are: toilets with running water, electrification with tube lights and fans, kitchen (shelves, sink, repairs and new buildings), drinking water with tap connection, painting (exterior and interior painting), major and minor repairs including gravel filling and leveling play area outside an anganwadi Center, green chalk board, furniture, play equipment and water filters as well as a refrigerator.
“Composite walls are being built through MNREGA funding in rural areas and government funding in urban areas,” she said.
Ms. Shukla said the total budget to work on 40,191 Anganwadi buildings is estimated at 4,442.38 crore.
The Treasury Department will release a revolving fund to Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation Limited (APSHCL) and from there to the common bank account of the Anganwadi Development Committee for work to be carried out. “Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which has experience in the work module of MGNREGA and Mana Badi Nadu-Nedu, can be commissioned to develop end-to-end transaction-based software for effective monitoring and transparency,” she said, adding that the district collectors, joint collectors, project leaders from ITDAs, PDs from APSHCL and the Department of Women’s Development and Child Welfare will take full responsibility for the program.