Bhopal : Anganwadi workers and Sahayikas in the state will no longer be affiliated with works other than the works of the Integrated Child Development Scheme. The General Administration Department has issued orders in this regard to all the Heads of Departments, Divisional Commissioners, Collectors and Chief Executive Officers of District Panchayats.
At present, 80 thousand 160 anganwadi centres and 12070 mini anganwadi centres are approved in the state. Through these centres, pre-school education and nutritious food to children upto 6 years of age are being provided by the anganwadi workers. Apart from this, nutrition and health related services are provided to pregnant and lactating mothers and special care is taken of underweight children.
Till now anganwadi workers and sahayikas are affiliated in non-ICDS works also. Earlier action was taken against anganwadi workers/Sahayikas for not taking up other work due to which the services of anganwadi kendras were getting affected since long. Also, reform in nutrition level of children was also affected. It took a lot of time and extra efforts to recover it, which was not appropriate for the health of those children. That is why workers and sahayikas have been freed from other tasks.