All Anganwadis to have own building in 3 years

Bhubaneswar: All Anganwadi centres in Odisha will have their own building by 2019. This was revealed during a review meeting on the yearly performance of the Women and Child Development (WCD) department presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here today.

The chief minister directed the department authorities to expedite the process in this regard.

Out of a total of 71,306 Anganwadi centres in the state, 30,920 have their own building now. While construction of 15,905 Anganwadi buildings is underway, the remaining 24,481 do not have their own building.

The chief minister asked the department to ensure necessary amenities like electricity, drinking water, toilet, kitchen and toys in all Anganwadi centres and make efforts to create a conducive atmosphere for the children.

The meeting revealed that 22.28 lakh beneficiaries have been included in the Mamata Yojana. These beneficiaries have received financial assistance to the tune of Rs 932.32 crore from the state government.

Following the success of the Mamata Yojana, it was decided that the state government would launch Biju Bal Vikash Yojana for proper rehabilitation of orphan children.

The meeting also discussed the implementation of Mission Shakti Yojana and laid emphasis on imparting training to women to enable them to actively participate in socio-economic programmes.

Taking note of the gender discrimination in the state and to prevent female foeticide, the state government has decided to launch Kanya Ratna scheme in Angul, Dhenkanal, Ganjam and Nayagarh districts.

For safety and security of women, the state government will introduce a new helpline with toll free no 181.

The chief minister asked the WCD department to implement all programmes in accordance with the Odisha State Policy for Girls and Women, 2014 in coordination with other departments.

Reviewing the performance of the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) department, the chief minister advised the concerned authorities to open old age homes in each district and formulate special rules for the welfare and security of senior citizens.

He also urged officials to ensure proper treatment and rehabilitation of the mentally challenged persons in each district.

The chief minister directed the department to include transgenders in the BPL beneficiaries’ list so that they avail all benefits meant for this category. He also asked them to provide transgenders government land at an affordable price.

For the empowerment of the physically challenged persons, he asked the department authorities to conduct Bhima Bhoi Bhinnakshyama Samarthya Abhiyan (BBSA) camps and provide them the items they require

The meeting was informed that the government has awarded scholarship to about 80,000 physically challenged students in the last two years and provided laptops to blind students to pursue higher studies.

Meanwhile, the BJP questioned the government’s 15-minute review programme. Senior leader Bijay Mohapatra demanded that the government should present real picture of Odisha.

“Agriculture and Irrigation departments have failed to spend Rs 16105.27 crore in a year. The government is seriously facing a situation of governance deficit and willingness deficit”, Mohapatra said.

The BJD, however, admitted to lack of coordination among the departments. “There is a need of CM’s intervention to ensure proper coordination. People will get fruitful results of CM’s review”, BJD spokesperson Amar Satpathy said.