Following the success of “Operation Kayakalp” in government schools, the Uttar Pradesh government has initiated a state-wide “Anganwadi Kayakalp Campaign”. The project reportedly aims to upgrade and transform the basic infrastructure of existing Anganwadi (child care) centres following national standards and child-friendly norms.
It has been reported that all Anganwadi centres across the state from now onwards will have provisions for clean drinking water, child accessible toilets, group hand washing stations, ramps and other child friendly facilities.
According to the Uttar Pradesh minister for women and child development Baby Rani Maurya, “Kayakalp of Anganwadi centres will play an important role in ensuring better facilities for children. All officials of the department will have to work together to ensure improved infrastructure, nutrition and education facilities for children at these centres.”
Uttar Pradesh at this moment houses 1,89,000 Anganwadi centres encompassing both the rural and urban areas which are known for providing essential childcare services related to nutrition, education and health to children under six and pregnant/lactating mothers.