Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
03 AUG 2018 5:50PM by PIB Delhi
Of the 14 lakh sanctioned  Anganwadi Centres  (AWCs ) in the country about 1.36 lakh AWCs are located in the urban areas: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

In the Anganwadi Services scheme, opening of Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) is permitted in the urban areas also. Establishment of AWCs is based on population norms as per the details given below:


Anganwadi Centres


  1. For Rural/Urban Projects:

                  400-800                                        -              1 AWC

800-1600                                       -              2 AWCs

1600-2400                                     -               3 AWCs

Thereafter in multiples of 800     -              1 AWC


For Mini-AWC                                          


150-400                                         -           1 Mini-AWC


(ii)  For Tribal /Riverine/Desert, Hilly and other difficult areas/ Projects                                            

     300-800                                          -              1 AWC             

For Mini- AWC

 150-300                                         -              1 Mini AWC


A total of 14 lakh AWCs have been sanctioned to various States/UTs across the country which consists of about 1.36 lakh AWCs located in the urban areas.  As on 01.06.2018, 13.63 lakh AWCs (rural and urban) are operational.


As per the data captured through the ICDS Monitoring Information System, about 24.3% AWCs out of 13.63 lakh operational AWCs (rural and urban) are running in rented buildings.


Under revised Anganwadi Services, there is a provision of construction of new AWCs under convergence with MGNREGS @ 1 lakh Anganwadis per year upto 30.11.2018. Central share for construction of AWC building is Rs.1 lakh per AWC building for all States/UTs. The amount for construction of Anganwadi buildings @ Rs.1 lakh per Anganwadi building as central share is reimbursed to States/UTs on completion of construction work.


Although there are difficulties faced by the States/UTs in providing land for construction of AWC buildings especially in the urban areas but to ensure continued implementation of the scheme, Government has made provision for taking the AWC buildings on rent for which the monthly rentals has been increased to Rs. 1000/- in the rural areas, Rs. 4000/- in urban areas and Rs. 6000/- in the metropolitan cities.            


The above Information was given by Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a Starred Question in the Lok Sabha, today.