Odisha: Anganwadi Centre buildings to be constructed inside Govt primary school premises

Bhubaneswar: In a letter to Collectors, the Women and Child Development Department and School and Mass Education Department on Thursday directed them to instruct the Block Development Officer (BDO) to encourage the construction of Anganwadi Centres in government school premises in Odisha.

“It is observed that a large number of Anganwadi Centres are still functioning in rented houses or community halls. So, it is once again reiterated that due to functional linkage of Anganwadi Centres and primary school, construction of AWCs building of a village will be done, as far as possible, inside the premises of Government Primary School of the said village,” reads the said letter.

However, to avoid some bottlenecks in this regard it was further instructed that it is a government policy that AWCs should be co-loated in the government schools as far as possible. Therefore, no NOC should be insisted upon from DEO/ BEO/ SMC/ of HM or any other authorities.

The concerned BDO must encourage the constriction of the buildings in school premises and take construction on priority.

Where AWC of a village is functioning in a rented house and on the other hand the primary school of the said village has extra classroom the Anganwadi centre shall be permitted to function in the available extra classroom or space of the school till the construction of its own building.

No Anganwadi Cetre should function on the Verandah of the school premises, also said the letter.

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