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Laurels for anganwadi trio

State social welfare, women and child development department has short-listed the names of three anganwadi workers in Ranchi district for the national award for effective implementation and delivery of services under Integrated Child Development Scheme in their respective centres.

According to department officials, Sangeeta Kacchap (35) of the anganwadi centre at Adivasi Tola in Bariatu, Renu Singh (40) of Pipratoli in block and Nirmala Lakra (38) of Kharsidag in Namkum block will be the recipients of the awards.

Assistant director of the department R.R. Kumar said that Union minister for women and child development Krishna Tirath will confer the award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a citation by Government of India, at Plenary Hall in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

“However the date is yet to be finalised. We are waiting for the official information from New Delhi,” Kumar said.

The selection of the awardees was done by a screening committee of the department purely on the basis of their exemplary performance in improving the coverage and quality of service to beneficiaries, Kumar added.

“We had received around 150 entries from all over the state in the month of December and based on the individual anganwadi workers’ performances under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, we selected three from Ranchi district,” Kumar said.

According to district social welfare officer Lal Singh Kureil, altogether 16 anganwadi workers from Ranchi had forwarded their case. The three were selected on their performance on the following functional areas — supplementary nutrition, pre-school education, nutrition and health education, immunisation, health check ups and referral services in their respective centres.

Sangeeta Kacchap, who is currently in Lucknow to attend a meeting, said: “In our centre at Adivasi Tola, we provide supplementary nutrition, non-formal pre-school education, nutrition and health education, immunisation to both children and lactating mothers”

The total population of Adivasi Tola is 1,100 and 37 children aged between three and six attend the centre. They are provided supplementary nutrition and education through playway methods.

“Earlier in our locality there was high child mortality, but now it has gone down to zero,” she added.

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