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Vedanta's first "NandGhar" inaugurated by Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

India Blooms News Service | | 24 Jun 2015, 09:27 pm
New Delhi, June 24 (IBNS): Union Minister of Women and Child Development ManekaSanjay Gandhi, in a first-of-its-kind Public Private Partnership, has joined hands with the Vedanta Group to develop and modernise the Anganwadi infrastructure in the country.

Anganwadi is the service delivery unit established under the Integrated Child development Scheme (ICDS), the flagship programme of the Ministry.

Every year, the Ministry keeps a separate budget to develop infrastructure of Anganwadis so as to improve the overall functioning.

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) has been emphasising the need for these buildings, as places where the women in the villages can gather and discuss their issues and find solutions through collective action.

"The problem of malnutrition is a huge national challenge and the ministry is going to launch the national nutrition mission. This NandGhar model will provide targeted delivery of supplementary nutrition services along with related healthcare services for both mother and child including skill training for women,”said Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Hon’ble Union Minister for Women and Child Development.

She stated that, training of Anganwadi social workers and construction of Anganwadi buildings are essential components of the mission.

“And we are delighted that corporates as Vedanta have entered into this unique partnership to construct 4000 Anganwadis,"said Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Hon’ble Union Minister for Women and Child Development.

She has also stressed on the need of having toilets in these buildings for women to further the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission.

“The ‘NandGhar’ is an extension to the existing Anganwadi initiative and will be Vedanta Group’s endeavour to provide a better environment to the children of India. Healthy children and empowered women will eradicate poverty and malnutrition, and make a prosperous nation. Our NandGhar project aligns with our honourable Prime Minister’s vision and commitment to providing quality education for children and skill development for women, in the entire country,"said Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta.