On 5th August 2021 Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smt. Smriti Jubin Irani gave the information regarding smart anganwadi Project.
What is Smart Anganwadi Project
Smart Anganwadi Project is an initiative of Government of Kerala for improving the service delivered at Anganwadi Centre for overall physical and mental development of children.
Present status of this project
The state has finalized 6 types of plans and estimates for the construction of Anganwadi Buildings on the basis of availability of land.
The funds have been provided by the state government and LSGD institutions.
The first smart Anganwadi building in the state of Kerala is under construction in Thiruvanthapuram District under Thiruvananthapuram Urban II ICDS Project.
The Project cost for the same is Rs. 44,94,518 for which sufficient funds have been provided by the state Government of Kerala.
80% of the construction of Anganwadi Building has been completed.
Three of Six services, viz., immunization, health check-up and referral services are related to health and are provided by NAHM and Public health Infrastructure.
However the government decided to build 'smard anganwadis' in a phased manner replacing the existing conventional structures with an aim to provide early childhood care. It will make the facility more child friendly to nurture the mental and physical development of children.