The Lupin Human Human Welfare & Research Foundation, based in Bharatpur district, agreed today to adopt 100 Anganwadi Centres situated in five districts across Rajasthan and develop them to achieve the objectives of providing nutritious food to children and reducing maternal and child mortality ratio.
A Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) for the purpose, under the Nandghar Yojana of the Rajasthan Government’s Women and Child Development Department, was signed between Lupin Foundation’s Executive Director Sita Ram Gupta, and the Additional Chief Secretary, Women and Child Development Department Rakesh Srivastava, at the State Secretariat in Jaipur.
Lupin Foundation has agreed to adopt 58 Anganwadi Centres in Bharatpur district, 10 in Dholpur, 6 in Sawai Madhopur, 12 in Karauli and 14 in Alwar. The Foundation will spend Rs. 70 lakhs on their development.
Sita Ram Gupta said that the Foundation had installed growth monitoring machines at the centres operating under the Child Development Project to measure the growth rate of children, which are connected online and provide instant information. The similar machines will be installed at all the Anganwadi Centres adopted by the Foundation, he said
Srivasatava said that on the occasion that the public-private partnership and better management of Anganwadi Centres would help achieve significantly better results for resolving the problem of malnutrition of poor boys and girls as well as pregnant women. The Nandghar Yojana has been launched in the state precisely with this objective, he added.
The Nandghar Yojana has started getting positive support of industrial houses, non-government organizations, voluntary bodies and other groups. While the introduction of quality services will help reduce maternal and child mortality ratio, the midday meal supply has already been started in most of the Anganwadi Centres with the help of self help groups.