Government of India has approved upgradation of 2 lakh Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) as Saksham Anganwadis @ 40,000 per year during Financial Year 2021-22 to 2025-26. Government owned AWC building with space for Poshanvatika/nutri-garden are proposed to be upgraded into Saksham Anganwadi @ 40,000 Anganwadis per year from 2022-23. Saksham Anganwadi shall have RO machine, Rainwater harvesting system, Learning & Playing material for ECCE, audio-visual aids/multi-purpose LED, Wi-Fi connectivity, boundary wall, etc. For the purpose, States have been asked to identify AWCs for upgradation during financial year 2022-23 as Saksham Anganwadis in Aspirational Districts across the country.
This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.