Anganwadi children who still have to reopen to obtain uniforms in Gujarat
Even though offline activities have not yet resumed at most educational institutions in the state due to Covid-19 restrictions, the government of Gujarat will host an event on June 29 to distribute uniforms to children of the anganwadis. While Anganwadi workers have uniforms, this is the first time that uniforms have been given to Anganwadi children.
The uniforms, purchased by the Gujarat Women’s and Children’s Development Department, will be distributed at a symbolic event in Gandhinagar by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, while anganwadis across the state will distribute uniforms as well as a hygiene kit and will join the event via a live video. -conference.
A Gujarat government statement released on Monday evening said more than 14 lakh students will receive uniforms at Tuesday’s event.
A circular, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, issued to district education departments by the Integrated Child Development Program (ICDS) Director of the Office of the Commissioner for Women and Child Development (WCD ) of the State on June 23, establishes the program and instructions for distributing the uniforms to the children on June 29.
Confirming this, ICDS deputy director Ilaben Rana told The Indian Express: “This is the first time in Gujarat and possibly any state in the country that Anganwadi children have worn the uniform. .
Asked about the need for uniforms, Rana said: “The basic idea of the program announced in the 2019-2020 budget was to give identity to Anganwadi children. It was delayed due to the Covid pandemic as the tender was finalized in February 2020. Finally, we are able to distribute the uniforms.
Girls will wear a gray pinafore dress and boys will wear gray shorts, both paired with beige check shirts. Department sources revealed that two sets of these uniforms given to each child cost Rs 250.
The circular read: “A uniform distribution event for students aged three to six will be organized on June 29 by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. All Districts will join via live video conference … After uniform distribution by CM, Districts will continue to distribute uniforms at their individual events, in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. “
All districts in four areas of the state except Gandhinagar have been asked to organize separate events for municipal corporations and district schools. According to the circular, the program will be 60 minutes. “Six children will receive the uniform on stage for the token distribution – one girl and one boy, each, from the age groups of 3 to 4 years, 4 to 5 years and 5 to 6 years. The rest of the uniforms will be distributed by the Aanganwadi supervisors, ”said an official.
In addition to the uniform, a hygiene kit will also be given to students to emphasize Covid-19 precautions. The kit will include a bottle of disinfectant, a mask and a tissue, according to the flyer. An official said the uniform will include a shirt and half pants for boys and a shirt and pinafore dress for girls. The instruction adds: “Care must be taken that the hygiene kit and uniforms are attractively packaged.”
To welcome the guests during the events, the organizing local communities must submit “photographs of the works of art and crafts carried out by the students during the university year”, he specifies.
Officials say 16,148 uniforms will be distributed to 8,074 beneficiaries at the event in the jurisdiction of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) alone. The official said: “The uniforms are being purchased directly by the state government… The Anganwadis will not be reopening anytime soon, but we will follow the instructions given to us.
A government statement released on Monday said 98,214 children in Ahmedabad district would receive their set of two uniforms.
Minister of State for Narmada and Urban Housing Yogesh Patel, who will chair the event in Vadodara, said: “The anganwadis will reopen soon. We have 399 anganwadis in Vadodara with about 8,000 children. Uniforms are being distributed in advance as part of preparations for the reopening. ”
According to the CMB’s annual report, the ICDS budget allocated by the State for the year 2020-2021 was Rs 2,48,683.99. Until the year 2019-20, Gujarat had registered 53,029 Anganwadis with 45.82 lakh beneficiaries.
WCD State Minister for Education (Primary and Higher Education) Vibhavari Dave and WCD Secretary KK Nirala declined to comment on the reasons for the uniform distribution.
At the event, the WCD will receive a certificate from the World Book of Records, London, for a record set in October 2020 to mark Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, where five lakh people joined his handwashing program via a web link, a government statement said Monday.