New Delhi, Dec 15, 2011: The Ministry of Women & Child Development has sanctioned of 13,66,776 AWCs/ mini-AWCs to the States/ UTs of which 12,88,463 AWCs/ mini-AWCs are operational as on 30.09.2011. As per the information available, there are 73,375 honorary posts of Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and 16,251 post of Supervisors lying vacant as on 30.09.2011. The reasons for these unfilled positions/ posts are largely due to Administrative, procedural and legal delays in the State Government/ UT Administration. Ministry of Women & Child Development has requested the State Governments/UT Administrations to take all required administrative measures for early operationalisation of sanctioned AWCs/ mini-AWCs including filling-up these vacant positions. The Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath stated this in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today
The Minister informed that the Ministry of Women & Child Development, among others reviewed with the State Governments the basic facilities like availability of drinking water, toilet, AWC’s buildings, separate kitchen and cooking equipments available at AWCs in July 2011. Out of information available of 11, 13,166 AWCs, 57.48% AWCs have drinking water facilities and 46.61% AWCs have toilet facilities. States/UTs have been requested to have effective convergence for construction of AWC buildings & facilities such as toilet, water & sanitation with various Departments/ Schemes like Total Sanitation Campaign & Drinking Water Supply of Department of Drinking Water Supply, M/o Rural Development, Backward Region Grant Fund of Panchayati Raj, Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in LWE affected districts, Multi-Sectoral Development Programme of Ministry of Minority Affairs, NREGS, Rural Infrastructure Development Fund etc.
(Source: Press Information Bureau)