Anganwadi is a type of rural mother and child care centre. They were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. The services provided by the anganwadi are supplementary nutrition, non-formal pre-school education, growth monitoring, immunization monitoring, health check-ups and health and nutrition education classes. The main beneficiaries of the programme are children below six years of age, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The LGs are expected to manage the regular functioning of the anganwadi. 212 Anganwadis were constructed by the local bodies utilising KLGSDP assistance of Rs. 7,92,95,205/- across Kerala.
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