ANGANWADI-CUM-CRECHES (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     22nd December 2023        

Context: Women and Child Development Minister inaugurated National Programme on Anganwadi-cum-Crèches in New Delhi.


  • About: This initiative under the Palna Scheme underwent revisions and was included as part of the Samarthya sub-component of Mission Shakti, starting from April 2022. 
  • Nodal Ministry: Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs
  • Aim: To facilitate their entry into the workforce, there is a need for quality childcare services.
  • Objective: to provide quality Crèche facilities in a safe and secure environment for children aged between 6 months to 6 years, nutritional support, health and cognitive development of children, growth monitoring, immunization, education etc.

Palna Scheme

  • About: It is a sub-scheme under Mission Shakti, under the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • Implemented for: All States and UTs from 1st April 2022 to provide daycare facilities and protection to children.
  • Funding Pattern: A funding ratio of 60:40 between Centre Government and States
  • Objective:

oQuality crèche care facility by providing a safe and secure environment for children  

oTo support nutritional, health and cognitive development of children

o Enable mothers to take up gainful employment

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