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Anganwadi Center becomes malnutrition free for children

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Anganwadi Center- After independence, the problem of malnutrition among children was one of the challenges the country was facing in the field of health. Malnutrition among children was very high in rural areas of the country. Due to poverty and economic backwardness, nutritious food was not available to pregnant women.

The effect of this was seen in children. To get rid of this problem, Anganwadi centers were opened in every village by the Government of India. Where the health check-up of women and children is done jointly by the Women. And Child Development Department and the Health Department. Registration and vaccination of pregnant women and children is done. Later on, pads were also made available for the teenage girls of the village.

The Anganwadi program was started by the Government of India and the Child Development Services program to save children aged 3 to 6 years and their mothers from being malnourished in rural areas of India. Under this, 8 crore children of the age of 6 years have been included.

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This scheme was launched by the Central Government in 1985. After the year 2010, the state governments also started giving cooperation in this. Remember that there is a provision for setting up an Anganwadi center at a place with a population of more than 400.

On the basis of population, more than one Anganwadi can be opened in a Gram Panchayat. Anganwadi workers and assistants operate this center and it is made a reality in coordination with education, health, rural development, and other related departments.

Which is called ICDS. For its successful operation, one Anganwadi supervisor is appointed for every 25 Anganwadi workers. Which is called the main servant. She guides the Anganwadi workers and helpers in matters related to their work.

But in spite of all the efforts of the government, there are many such rural areas of the country where the Anganwadi centers are still lagging behind in their objectives and goals. Where due to lack of awareness the parents do not take the children to the center and are deprived of taking advantage of it.

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Something similar has been seen in Dhani Bhopalaram village of Lunkaransar block located in Bikaner district of Rajasthan. Where the parents do not seem willing to send their children to the Anganwadi center. Anganwadi assistant Naresh of this center says that ‘the parents of the children tell us that you yourself take our children from home to the Anganwadi, and then later you will drop them at home too’.

She says that due to excessive heat, not many children come to the Anganwadi because there is no fan arrangement in the center. There is a playground here, but there are thorny bushes and pebble stones in the same place, due to which children face difficulty in playing.

This is also a big reason for children not coming to the center. According to Naresh, there are 21 children enrolled at this center, but only 6 children come to the center. She tells that our income is 7000 per month. He told that we have 3 workers working at this center. Those who are called workers, companions, and Anganwadi Asha Didi.

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Asha is also called Sahyogini. She takes care of pregnant women and their vaccination and takes care of malnutrition. We teach children to sit, speak and read through the play. Along with letter knowledge, they are also taught to identify things.

They are given such an environment that when the child goes to school for the first time, he does not feel afraid and he gets easily mixed in the school environment. Apart from this, there is also a provision for the distribution of iron pills and sanitary pads by the government to adolescent girls of 15 to 18 years at the Anganwadi center.

However, some parents understand the importance of the Anganwadi Center and want their children to get the full benefit of this center. In this regard, 27-year-old Sumitra says ‘I have two children who go to the Anganwadi center. Since both of us husband and wife work in the fields.

For which we have to leave the house in the morning. In such a situation, it is not possible to reach and bring the children to the Anganwadi center every day. If an Anganwadi worker does the work of taking our children and taking them home, then we will have no problem sending them every day.

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At the same time, 24-year-old Janaki also says that ‘I have a boy and a girl. The girl is five years old and the boy is three years old. She tells that sometimes there is not even water at the Anganwadi center.

We have a lot of water problems here, everyone has to buy water. So how can we send the children there? Although there they get proper nutrition and Asha workers also teach children to read while playing sports. But due to the lack of water, children face difficulties.

On the other hand, another woman Geeta of the village says that ‘Anganwadi center is very far from my house. In such a situation, children cannot be sent so far alone. She says that I am busy with household chores and my husband often goes out of the village to do paint work.

That’s why I want the Anganwadi workers to pick up my children from home and drop them back safely. So that not only can we rest assured about the safety of the children. But they are also free from malnutrition. However, it cannot be denied that even today the role of Anganwadi is proving to be important in making infants in the rural areas of the country malnutrition free. (Charkha Feature)

Author- Bhavna, Lunkaransar Bikaner, Rajasthan

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