National Awards to Anganwadi Workers

IAS Prelims 2023

The Minister of Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi gave away National Awards to Anganwadi workers for exceptional achievement for the year 2014-15 and 2015-16.

A total of 97 Anganwadi workers (49 for the year 2014-15 and 48 for 2015-16) from different states/UTs were conferred National level awards for these years.

The scheme for awarding Angawadi Workers (AWWs) at the National Level and State Level was formulated by the Government during the year 2000-2001. Since then the scheme is being continued on a year to year basis.

National level award is given to the AWWs nominated by States/UTs out of the State Level/UT Level awardees. The number of nominations of AWWs at national level depends on the size of the State/UT and number of operational of ICDS Projects.

Selection of Anganwadi workers for the National Level Awards has been done out of State level awardees and their performance has been judged on the basis of contribution to (i) Supplementary Nutrition; (ii) Child Care; (iii) Convergence with Health Department; (iv) Pre-School Education; (v) Nutrition and Health Education (NHED); (vi) Community Participation; (vii) Cleanliness & Hygiene; and (viii) Innovations.

The Award comprises of Rs.25,000/- cash and a citation. National level Awards to AWWs for the year 2011-12, 2012-13 & 2013-14 were given to 118 awardees during a function held last year at New Delhi. Thus, awards pertaining to the last five years have been given.