Amethi, Aug 28: Union Minister for Women and Child Development & Textiles Smriti Irani on Wednesday inaugurated the 1000th 'Nand Ghar', an unltramodern Anganwari centre, first in her Amethi Parliamentary constituency.
The inauguration of the 1000th Nand Ghar is a key milestone for the flagship CSR programme of 'mining to metals' conglomerate Vedanta Ltd, which has been spearheading this program in association with Ministry of Women and Child Development to build and refurbish Anganwadis in various states across the country.
The 'Nand Ghars' are equipped with televisions for e-learning, solar panels for reliable power, safe drinking water, clean toilets and have emerged as an ideal model for replication in other parts of the country. In Amethi, Vedanta Ltd will construct 50 such Nand Ghar in two phases.
Ms Irani, while inaugurating the first Nand Ghar in her constituency, said that it is a great honour to be a part of this initiative and see the community and industry leaders come together for a noble cause that focuses on the overall well being of children and women.
"With Nand Ghar, a key component of holistic development has made its entry in Amethi. As we embark upon the launch of 'Poshan Maah' (Nutrition Month) in September, it is good to see that Vedanta through its CSR activities has come forward to support the government in its endeavor to enhance the development of women and children. We hope that we will continue receiving such support and do more for women and children from underprivileged sections across the length and breadth of the country and realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of an empowered New India," she said.
These 1000 'Nand Ghars' will benefit around 40,000 children and 30,000 women across India.
The company targets to construct 4,000 'Nand Ghars' in the country and changing the anganwadi landscape across India that would impact more than 8.5 crore children and 2 crore women.
The core services provided at 'Nand Ghars' are pre-school education to children (3-6 years) through e- learning, BaLA designs and smart kits, nutrition through pre-packed hot cooked meals to children, pregnant and lactting women, healthcare through Mobile Health Van and support to Community Health Centre, women empowerment through skill, credit linkage and entrepreneurship development. (UNI)