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”Smart Anganwadis” to be a reality in Kerala; Rs 9 cr granted


PTI, Feb 19, 2021, 5:01 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The humble-looking anganwadis in Kerala are all set to have a complete makeover as the state government has given the nod to convert its conventional buildings into “smart” structures with better amenities.

The Department of Women and Child Development has given permission for 48 anganwadis in the state to construct buildings under the Smart Anganwadi scheme, social justice minister KK Shailaja said here on Friday. The government decided to build ”smart anganwadis in a phased manner, replacing the existing conventional structures with an aim to provide early childhood care and make the facility more child-friendly to nurture the mental and physical development of children, she said.

“We have already decided to have a unified model for the anganwadis to be constructed in the state from April 1, 2019. A total of Rs nine crore has been sanctioned for the construction of 48 anganwadis,” the minister said.

Apart from this, the share of local bodies, Rs 5.74 crore, would also be used for the construction of the smart structures, she added. According to official sources, the smart anganwadis are being designed and constructed as part of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

It is expected to have various amenities, ranging from study hall, kitchen, dining area, storeroom, creative zone, garden to swimming pool, and outdoor play area as per the availability of land, they added.

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