'1,596 anganwadis to get power soon'

'1,596 anganwadis to get power soon'

As many as 1,596 anganawadi centres in the district which are functioning in their own buildings will be provided with electrification soon, said Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Dr K N Vijaya Prakash.

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on the impact of tobacco consumption for anganawadi teachers,  jointly organised by Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, Women and Child Welfare Department and Tobacco Intervention Centre of A J Institute of Dental Sciences at Kadri Balbhavan in the city on Wednesday.

He said that of the 2,102 anganawadi centres in the district, as many as 1,596 anganawadi centres have their own buildings. Arrangements will be made to provide electricity connections to these anganawadis and talks have been held with the Mescom officials to supply electricity to the anganawadi centres. Work will begin before the commencement of the next financial year, he said.

Emphasising the role of anganawadi teachers and workers in community development programmes and creating awareness in the society, he said the number of children suffering from mal-nutrition in the district which was 842 earlier, has now come down to 667. Reduction in the number of mal-nutrition children was possible largely due to the efforts of anganawadi teachers and workers.

Hence, utilising their strength to bring awareness about the impact of tobacco consumption, among the local community, is the best way of creating awareness, he said.

Some of the expert doctors from A J Institute of Dental Sciences led the sessions. A free dental check-up camp was organised for the participants.