On Apr 27, 2020,In view of increasing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in India, the Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) of Gujarat State Government has launched a unique initiative called ‘Umbare Aanganwadi (means doorstep Aanganwadi) under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) programme to reach out to children during the lockdown.Key Points:
i.Under this initiative, the ICDS department of the state will mainly offer ready to eat nutritious food packets through AMUL (an Indian dairy cooperative society) to its beneficiaries including 14 lakh children between 3-6 years of age, pregnant and nursing women and adolescent girls through the network of around 53 thousand Aanganwadi.
ii.In addition to this, ICDS Department has also initiated a TV programme called ‘Umbare Aanganwadi’ which is telecast every alternate day through Vande Gujarat channel as well as on Jio TV &You Tube, where the regular theme-based modules of Aanganwadi are being taught in an interactive the way.
What is Anganwadi?
Anganwadi is a government-supported center at the village level to cater to the nutritional, health and education needs of young children.
Chief Minister– Vijay Rupani
Governor– Acharya Devvrat
State Flower– Marigold
State Fruit– Mango