Can’t thank anganwadi workers enough: Naidu

Anganwadi workers are an important layer of human resource as they play a pivotal role in publicising and implementing the State-sponsored welfare programmes, said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday.

Addressing a gathering of anganwadi workers at an awareness meeting in the city, Mr. Naidu showered praise on them for taking good care of pregnant women and children through various government programmes and said: “You take the responsibility of their well-being and I promise to do the same as an elder brother.”

He said the State had more problems than resources but despite financial woes, salaries of the anganwadi workers had been raised twice in the last four years, fromRs. 4,200 to Rs. 10,500.

He said nearly 1 lakh-odd anganwadi workers in 55,600 centres across the State were actively involved in the implementation of 257 projects. Besides, 1,600 Integrated Child Development Service Supervisors, 400 Child Development Project Officers, and Assistant Child Development Project Officers covered 34 lakh children under various programmes. Some of these projects were focussed on the health of pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls.

‘Anaemia-free State

the goal’

Mr. Naidu said exclusive programmes were designed to address the issue of malnutrition among women and children. “Nearly 4 lakh women in State have been identified as anaemic. Our efforts are aimed at creating an anaemia-free State,” he announced.

Referring to the series of schemes, he said 6.2 lakh people were covered under Anna Amrita Hastam and Rs. 360 crore was being spent on nutritious food for SC/ST children under the newly-launched Bala Sanjeevani programme. This was in addition to the Balamritha programme. Micro-nutrient-rich food was being supplied through 24 tribal ICDS projects, 2,500 anganwadi centres and 1,800 mini-anganwadi centres. About 8,000 anganwadi buildings had been constructed in the State till date, and by March 2020, the State would have permanent buildings for all anganwadi centres.

Ministers Paritala Sunitha, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Prathipati Pullarao,were among those present.

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