Amidst the Prime Minister’s ‘Digital India’ push, anganwadi centres across the country are set to use IT-enabled services to improve their performance with Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and officials to be handed tablet devices and smartphones towards that end.
Over three lakh anganwadi centres in 162 districts identified as severely malnourished are set to undergo a strengthening and nutrition improvement project to be launched by the Women and Child Development Ministry with the help of World Bank.
Real-time monitoring of these centres will be done by strengthening them with IT-enabled services. The project will enable the ministry to monitor daily levels of nutrition and supplements being administered to the children. Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and Sector Supervisors will be provided with smartphones and tablet devices to update data on child nutrition on a daily basis.
“Presently, we get reports manually once every three to four months. But with this upgrade, we can do better monitoring everyday and see where the problem lies,” a senior ministry official said. The data will be uploaded using a customised common application software being specially developed by the ministry.
“The AWWs will get smartphones while Sector Supervisors, who look after 4-6 centres, will be given tablets through which they will be required to upload daily information on nutrition provided to children. The data will be uploaded at the AW centres and Sector- Supervisor level. Once uploaded, it would be available on the NIC cloud and can be viewed upstream by various levels of the government nationally,” the official said.
The first phase of the project will target around 10,000 AW centres in 27 high-burden districts located in eight states — Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Based on its success, the project will thereafter be scaled up to cover 90,000 AW centres in 41 districts.
The AW centres will also be provided 11-digit unique identification code and will be geo-mapped. “Geo-mapping will help us with the monitoring without us needing to be physically present there,” he said.
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