Hamirpur (HP), Nov 18 (PTI) The Himachal Pradesh government would set up 49 anganwadi centres in Hamirpur district at a cost of Rs 5.88 crore, officials said on Saturday.
Hamirpur Deputy Commissioner Hemraj Bairwa said the state government is taking positive steps to ensure proper nutrition and pre-school education of the children in the age group of three to six years, a statement issued here said.
Efforts are being made to provide the best facilities in the anganwadi centres and to construct buildings for such facilities currently being run from private buildings, Bairwa said.
Balveer Singh Birla, District Programme Officer, Women and Child Development department said the government has approved the construction of buildings for 49 anganwadi centres in Hamirpur district.
These buildings will be built under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), he added.
A total of Rs 12 lakh will be spent on each building. A provision of Rs 8 lakh will be made under the MNREGA for the anganwadi buildings, Rs 2 lakh from the 15th Finance Commission and Rs 2 lakh from the Women and Child Development Department, Birla said. The district programme officer said all formalities are being completed to start the construction work of these buildings at the earliest possible.
Birla added that a total of 18,108 children aged between six months to six years are being provided nutritious food in Hamirpur district at present.
Apart from these, nutritious food is also being given to about 3,000 pregnant women and about 2,500 lactating women, he said.
A total of 1,351 anganwadi centres are currently being operated in Hamirpur district, of which 623 such facilities are being run from private buildings, 190 in the premises of primary schools, 437 in other government buildings and 94 are being run in its own buildings, according to Women and Child Development department. PTI COR BPL AS RPA