Saksham Anganwadis Scheme : A way to go for better women and child development

Safalta expert Published by: Gitika Jangir Updated Thu, 10 Feb 2022 10:55 AM IST


Saksham Anganwadis Scheme was launched by The Indian government for the betterment of  women and child development. Know more about it here at

Under the umbrella scheme of Saksham Anganwadi and POSHAN 2.0, the Ministry of Women and Child Development will provide support to around 2,00,000 anganwadis, which will be upgraded to Saksham Anganwadis. Umbrella ICDS – Anganwadi Services, Poshan Abhiyaan, Scheme for Adolescent Girls, and National Creche Scheme are all part of the scheme. "Saksham Anganwadis are next generation anganwadis that have superior infrastructure and audio-visual aids powered by sustainable energy and giving an improved environment for early childhood development," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her budget speech.The umbrella scheme received Rs 20,105 crores in the previous financial year. Upgraded amenities such as smart teaching, smart learning, and crèche facilities will be introduced as part of the programme. The Union Budget allocated a significant amount of money to the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan last year, whether in the social sector, energy, government reforms, migrant workers, or agriculture. While the focus was on the National Education Policy, the education budget was cut by 6% from Rs 99 crores to Rs 93.2 crores last year.If you are preparing for competitive exams and looking for expert guidance, you can download our General Knowledge Free Ebook Download Now.  

Saksham Anganwadis schemes

The Sakasham Anganwadi Scheme and the Poshan Abhiyan 2.0 received the most funding in the Ministry of Women and Child Development's budget for 2021-22.


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Important points about Anganwadis :

  • Anganwadis or a type of rural child care centre were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition.
  • These are focal point for implementation of all the health, nutrition and early learning initiatives under ICDS.
  • Currently Anganwadis services scheme provide 6 services: Supplementary nutrition, immunisation, health check-up, pre-school non-formal education, nutrition and health education, and referral services. These are performed by The Anganwadi worker (AWW).
  • AWW is a woman (18- 44 years) from the local village and acceptable in the local community. They are honorary workers who receive a monthly honorarium
  • They are supported by supported by a part-time assistant, called an Anganwadi Helper (AWH).
  • Generally, there is 1 Anganwadi worker for a population of about 1000 people
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What are Saksham anganwadis schemes?

A. “Saksham Anganwadis are a new generation anganwadis that have better infrastructure and audio-visual aids, powered by clean energy and providing improved environment for early child development. Two lakh anganwadis will be upgraded under the scheme,” she said.

Q 2 .What are the schemes in Anganwadi?

A. Six services like Supplementary Nutrition, Immunization, Health check up, Referral Services, Nutrition and Health Education and Pre-school Education are provided to children in age group of 06 Months to 06 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Q3. What is the aim of Saksham Anganwadis Schemes ?

A.In order to achieve the Anganwadi Services objectives, a package of six services comprising (i) Supplementary nutrition; (ii) Pre-school non-formal education; (iii) nutrition & health education; (iv) immunization; (v) health check-up; and (vi) referral services are provided to the targeted beneficiaries i.e. all children below 6 years, Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers. Three of the six services namely Immunisation, Health Check-up and Referral Services are delivered through Public Health Infrastructure under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Q4 .Who started the scheme ?

A. The  Indian government

Q5. Why have Anganwadi been setup?

A. To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education

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