The Government has approved construction of 2 lakh Anganwadi Centre Buildings during the 12th Plan under the programme of ‘Reconstructing and Restructuring ICDS’. The phasing of construction is given below:-
The Units will be constructed at the rate of Rs. 4.5 lakhs per unit in the cost sharing ratio of 75:25 between Centre and States against the North Eastern Region where it is 90:10.
So far States have been given approval for Construction of 44709 AWC Buildings (including 5556 AWCs building for Odisha) in their Annual Programme Implementation Plan. First installment of Rs.72334.01 lakhs has already been released to States / UTs in 2013-14.
The States have also been advised to leverage funds from several schemes such as MPLADS, MLALADS, Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF), Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI), Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Finance Commission, Additional Central Assistance under State Plan etc. for Construction of AWC buildings. Ministry of Rural Development has also included Construction of AWC buildings as an approved activity under MGNREGA.
As per information available, currently about 30 per cent AWCs and mini-AWCs are operating/ running from own buildings and remaining from other places like Anganwadi Workers (AWWs)/ Helpers (AWHs)’s house, School premises, Panchayat buildings, Other Community buildings.
Earlier, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme did not have provision for Construction of Anganwadi Centres except for North Eastern States.
This information was given by the Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.