New Delhi (October 20, 2016): In partnership with the Union Ministry for Women and Child Development, Vedanta will construct 4,000 model Anganwadis called ‘Nandghar’ across the country. Union Minister for Woman and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi recently inaugurated a Nandghar in Pilibhit, UP.
The Minister said: “I am grateful to Shri Anil Agarwal for having agreed to construct 4000 Anganwadis in different parts of country, of which some are getting constructed in Pilibhit. This is indeed a unique Public Private Partnership in the social sector. I am confident that it will motivate many corporates to come forward hand in hand with the government to solve some of the problems of women and children in country.”
“The Nandghar project aligns with the government’s vision and commitment to providing quality education for children and job creation through skill development for women, across the country. The ‘Nandghar’ will be a game changer for poverty alleviation by delivering long term benefits to communities through interactive learning, healthcare and skills training in a world class infrastructure,” said Mr. Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta.
A service delivery unit established under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) by the Government of India, the Nandghar is an extension of the existing Anganwadi initiative. Vedanta has joined hands with the Government of India to transform Early Childhood Care and Education Centres, in India.
The Nandghar will use state of art construction technology and has added benefits of round the clock electricity through Solar panels, e-learning in a stimulating environment, clean drinking water through RO purifiers and primary healthcare through mobile medical units.
The Nandghars will run as children’s education and health centre in the morning and train women in vocational skills in the second half. The initiative aims to eradicate malnutrition in children and create women entrepreneurs across India. An estimated 25 lakh community members including children will benefit through this project each year.