The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the first of its kind modern and model Anganwadi centre ‘NandGhar’ on PPP model at Hasanpur village in Sonipat district of Haryana today. The Union Ministry of Women & Child Development will set up 4000 such multifunctional NandGhars across the country to benefit over 4 lakh women and children. Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that the 4000 NandGhars proposed to be set up under this partnership, will have all facilities that can contribute to the healthy development of children. Their whole life will be better if they are provided good care and facilities in pre-school level, the Minister said. Smt Maneka Gandhi said that each Anganwadi should be treated as a centre where children can receive some education, can be fed and take part in play activities, she said. The Minister explained that this place can also be used as a community centre for women of the village to share their feelings and thoughts. The centre will also act as a platform for skill development.
Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also announced that the Central Government is soon going to open ‘One Stop Crisis Centres’ for women who are under any kind of physical, mental or psychological crisis. She said that the first such centre is being opened in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh and the first centre of Haryana will be opened in Karnal district of Haryana. Addressing the gathering on the occassion, the Women and Child Development Minister, Government of Haryana, Smt. Kavita Jain said that the state Government will provide all support including land and administrative support for development of these centres in the state of Haryana. She said that it will set a commendable example of partnership between the Government and corporate sector for the development of society. Smt Kavita Jain said that Haryana Government is functioning in the direction of achieving the target of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’ scheme of the Government of India and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao Cell’ has been established by Haryana Government for this purpose. These Anganwadis have been named as “NandGhar” by the Prime Minister and a singular design will be followed for these centres at all locations. NandGhar initiative adds to the existing Anganwadi model of the Ministry’s ‘Integrated Women and Child Development Scheme’ and this centre will act as a focal area for immunization, gender sensitization and maternal care.
The integrated Anganwadi model ‘NandGhar’ will provide smart education, mobile vans, Health Awareness and Skill training. The ‘NandGhar’ centres are proposed to be run as a shared space in which 50% of the time will be devoted to children’s education and the remaining half will support women’s skill development. The NandGhar structure has low lifetime maintenance cost, is spacious with ample light, and is fire, dampness and earthquake proof. NandGhar offers amenities of smart education through interactive graphics, Hygienic toilets, Safe drinking water, a dedicate kitchen and storage space and will run on Solar Panel Power. In this unique partnership, the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development and Vedanta will share the cost of construction of the buildings, which are prefab structures. The land for the Anganwadis will be provided by the Gram Panchayats and the construction will be undertaken by NBCC. The Member of Parliament from Sonipat, Shri Ramesh Chandra Kaushik, Shri Anil Agarwal ji, Chairman of Vedanta Group, senior officials of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development and Government of Haryana were also present on the occasion.