July 23, 2015
Bengal plans to strengthen ICDS programme
The West Bengal government has decided to set up 2,311 more ‘Anganwadi’ Centres in the state to extend the programme under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
“A decision to this effect has been taken by the state cabinet on Wednesday. The new Anganwadi Centres will cover 12 districts in the state and incur an additional expense of Rs 26 crore,” state’s Social Welfare, Women and Child development Minister Sashi Panja said.
She added that there would be a recruitment of 4622 Anganwadi Workers and 92 supervisors in the state for this extension programme under ICDS project.
The 12 districts to be covered include Burdwan, Murshidabad, East Midnapore, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Bankura, Birbhum, Hooghly, Malda, Nadia, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri.
The Left Front government had set up only 19,586 Anganwadi Centres during its 34-year rule. In the last four years, Trinamool led government set up 19,980 Anganwadi Centres in the state to extend the facilities to a larger section of people aimed at reducing malnutrition among children.
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