New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought Rs 250 crores from Centre for construction of 3,385 anganwadi buildings in urban areas of the state.
Patnaik’s demand in this regard came when Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi met him at Odisha Bhawan in New Delhi today.
The CM also urged the Union Minister for relaxation of norms for opening Anganwadi centres in tribal areas & hamlets, hike of honorarium for Anganwadi workers and helpers and establishment of Juvenile Justice Academy in Odisha.
“I urged upon her to enhance the existing rate of supplementary nutrition for pre-school children, pregnant and lactating mothers and severely malnutritioned children… and to relax the norms for opening anganwadi centres in tribal areas and in large number of hamlets with a population of less than 150 and also to provide Rs 250 crores for construction of 3,385 anganwadi buildings in urban areas,” Patnaik told reporters after the meeting.
“She was quite responsive. She said she will look into all the matter seriously and see what can be done,” he added.
“Children’s nutrition was the major part of the discussion. We are looking into how we can help the Odisha government to fund institutions that will help women and children,” Gandhi said.