Vedanta Partners with Karnataka Govt to Adopt & Support 2635 Anganwadi Centres

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Programme to benefit over 1, 10,000 children in the age group of 3 – 6 years

BANGALORE: Vedanta through its foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the District Administration of Chickballapur, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural & Ramnagara Karnataka to adopt and support 2635 Anganwadi Centres being run under the government sponsored ICDS (Integrated Child Development Service) programme.

The MoU was signed between Mr. Ravi Krishnan, CEO Vedanta Foundation and the CEOs of the four districts.
As per the MoU, Vedanta Foundation will help the district administration of the four districts in filling gaps between needs and resources in service components of ICDS such as Nutrition, pre-schooling, capacity building of workers and empowerment of community.

The scope of the programme covers 1139 Anganwadi Centres in Chickballapur, 1207 Anganwadi Centres in Bangalore Rural, 222 Anganwadi Centres in Bangalore Urban and 67 Anganwadi Centres in Ramnagara. Over 1, 10,000 children in the age group of 3 – 6 years will benefit from the programme.

Mr. Ramesh B. Zalki, I.A.S.  Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Women & Child Development said,, “The Anganwadi programme was designed to tackle the problem of malnutrition, infant mortality and immunization. Learning while playing also helps the children to inculcate values and bring about a desire for education. Vedanta Foundation’s proven expertise in supporting Anganwadis will further augment Karnataka government’s Anganwadi initiative.”

Speaking about the MOU, Mr. Ravi Krishnan, CEO Vedanta Foundation said, “Our endeavor has been to support the government in alleviating malnutrition. Through our Bal Shakti Programme we aim to provide children living at the bottom of the pyramid proper nutrition, healthcare & preschool education at their respective Anganwadis. This MoU is another milestone in our journey for a healthy India.”

This programme is in addition to the MoU signed by Vedanta Foundation with Govt of Karnataka to support 2000 schools across 24 Districts of Karnataka for Computer based education under the aegis of Rashtriya Madhyamika Shikshana Abhiyan.

Vedanta also supports over 3000 anganwadis across Orissa & Rajasthan which benefits 1, 00,000 students.

Vedanta’s Sustainable Development Work

Through 167 formal partnerships with NGOs, government bodies, academic institutions and hospitals, Vedanta through its foundation has reached out to 2.7 million people in 550 villages. The group has invested more than INR 180 Crores in various programmes through 2010 – 11. 10 lakh students have benefited through its computer education programme. More than 22 lakh people are being provided healthcare through hospitals and rural health posts.  2.5 lakh children are provided healthy mid-day meals in schools in partnership with NGOs and Government. Self Help Groups are empowering women through socio-economic independence. More than 35,000 women are currently enrolled in about 2000 SHGs.

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