Maneka Gandhi inaugurates country's first 'Nand Ghar' in Sonepat

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Sonepat
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2015 08:54 IST

Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday inaugurated the country's first Nand Ghar, an ultramodern anganwadi centre, at Hasanpur village in this district.

Addressing a gathering of anganwadi workers and helpers on this occasion, Gandhi said that the Nand Ghars, being built on the public-private partnership (PPP) mode by the Vedanta Foundation, would have facilities such as play schools and would help children up to the age of six prepare for admission in both government and private schools.

Besides round-the-clock power supply, the Nand Ghar would also have an LED, a clean toilet and a hygienic kitchen, besides toys and the latest study material for the children of the rural areas, she said.

The minister said that Vedanta Foundation had extended support to the government to set up 4,000 Nand Ghars in the country in the first phase. Thir number would be increased later.


The minister said that the Modi government would set up one-stop centres (OSCs) in the country where women could file their complaints against harassment. The OSCs would provide free legal and medical services to women going to file police complaints regarding domestic violence, dowry demand, sexual harassment, eve teasing and stalking.

"During the past 60 years, nothing has been done to protect women from violence and harassment. Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken steps to ensure the safety of women, for which the government is also going to set up toilets for them," she added.

Gandhi said that a total of 36 OSCs for women would be set up in the country in the first phase while a total of 660 such centres would be established.

She said Haryana's first OSC for women would be set up in Karnal.

'No funds to increase salaries of Anganwadi workers'

Talking to Hindustan Times on the sidelines of the function, the Union minister said that shortage of funds was the main reason behind the low salaries of Angawandi workers and helpers.

"Low salaries of Anganwadi workers and helpers is a big issue, but the shortage of funds is a major constraint in this regard," she added.
Ruling out the possibility of revision of salaries of the Anganwadi workers and helpers in the near future she said, "No. There is no plan to revive their salaries in the near future".

Kavita Jain seeks funds for Anganwadi centres

Meanwhile, Haryana women and child development minister Kavita Jain demanded funds from the centre to upgrade the angwanwadi centres in the state.

"A total of 25,000 anganwadi cetnres are operational in Haryana, but only 5,000 of them have their own buildings, I request the Union minister to help us in providing the remaining 20,000 centres their own buildings", she added. However, the Union minister did not make any assurance in this regard.

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