Lok Sabha was informed on Friday that there are over 24 lakh Anganwadi staffers working and around two lakh posts for Anganwadi workers and helpers are lying vacant across various centres in the country.
Virendra Kumar, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, said a package of six essential services comprising supplementary nutrition (SNP), immunisation, health check-up, referral services, pre-school non-formal education and nutrition and health education are provided to the targeted beneficiaries.
Mr. Kumar, in a written reply, said about 1.09 lakh Anganwadi worker positions are vacant, while 1.18 lakh positions for Anganwadi helpers are unoccupied. He also said a total of 12.8 lakh Anganwadi workers and 11.6 lakh anganwadi helpers are working across the country.
Bihar has the highest number of vacant Anganwadi posts, with 53,000 unoccupied positions, he added.
Out of the total number of Anganwadi centres, 86.15 per cent of them, which is about 12.83 lakh, are running from concrete buildings, the remaining 13.85 per cent are operating from make-shift buildings, he said, adding there are 13.63 lakh operational Anganwadi Kendras in the country.
Anganwadi is a type of rural child care centre in India. They were started by government of India in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition.
“The government funds the centre at various level on yearly basis like Rs 1,500 for medicine kit for Anganwadi centres and Rs 750 per annum for mini-aganwadi centres; Rs 2,000 for other administrative expenses under Anganwadi services and Rs 1,000 for mini-anganwadi centres,” Mr. Kumar said.