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INTRODUCTION




The Child Welfare Council, Punjab - a Voluntary Organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 on 6th March, 1962, is engaged in implementing various programmes for the benefit of children through its District Councils all over the State with following aims and objectives :-

  1. To promote generally the Welfare of Children in Punjab having regard to their socio-economic and other needs.

  2. To organise training of Child Welfare Workers.

  3. To co-operate with the National and International Organisations having similar objectives.

  4. To arrange for State Level Workshops, Conferences and Seminars.

  5. To undertake pilot schemes in the State on selected aspects of Child Welfare Work.

  6. To publish studies, treaties, books, periodicals, reports, souvenirs, magazines and other literature relating to Child Welfare.

  7. To establish State Bureau for the study and collection of data and statistics in respect of Child Welfare Work.

  8. To take up all such schemes, which may directly/ indirectly benefit the children’s cause.

  9. To work in the field of Drug Abuse Prevention/Prohibition.

India is a young Country in the sense that more than 40% of its population constitutes children upto 16 years of which child sex ratio of 0-6 years is 919 per thousand males. These children requires special attention and a package of good services which help her/him balanced growth and sustainable survival.

Realising its importance, the Govt. of India introduced ICDS being implemented through State Govts of the Country. Besides Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt. of India is implementing Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme which has been revised now w.e.f. 1st January, 2016 with a view to improve the services for the children of working women.
CHILD’S RIGHT TO SURVIVAL & DEVELOPMENT

Early Childhood Care

Crèches :

Child Welfare Council, Punjab is providing early childhood care and education through the Creche Programme. The Council is running 102 Creche Centres through District Councils, for the Children of working and ailing mothers in which toddlers upto six years of age are taken care of. The total number of beneficiaries in these crèches is 2550. Each Creche is under the charge of two trained Creche Workers i.e. one crèche worker and one helper. These Creche Centres provide Supplementary Nutrition, Health Care Facility and Pre-School Education to the children through play-way and participatory methods.

The Council also started one crèche centre for the children of mothers staying in Central Jail, at Gurdaspur on 1st March, 2014. The purpose of starting the crèche centre in Central Jail is to provide a package of services to the children of inmates who remained unattended and neglected for the most of the time.

The expenditure towards honorarium of Creche Worker and Contingency for Creche Centre is being provided by Child Welfare Council, Punjab from its own funds. The Jail authorities provide a crèche Helper & Nutrition to children.



ICDS Blocks

The Child Welfare Council, Punjab has been allotted three ICDS Blocks by the State Government of Punjab namely Bathinda, Sidhwan Bet (Ludhiana) and Tarsikka (Amritsar) for administration. While Bathinda Block started functioning in April, 1996, the other two blocks were made operational in March, 1997. The expenditure on these projects is met out of the grant-in-aid of Govt of India routed through the State Govt.

These projects have been sanctioned under Govt. of India’s policy to engage voluntary organizations in the implementation of ICDS projects.
Icds block bathinda

In ICDS Block Bathinda 420 Anganwadi Centres are functioning in 66 villages of Bathinda City and Goniana Mandi. The staff of ICDS block, Bathinda are well qualified and experienced. At present 15 supervisors have been working of which 5 supervisors have done Job Training Course & 2 Supervisors have done Refresher Courses. Besides 10 Supervisors are untrained. The AWWs numbering 398 working in the Anganwadi Centres are trained.



Beneficiaries:

The total number of beneficiaries in ICDS Block Bathinda are as under:



Total Population

Males


Females

3,96,387

2,08,261

1,88,126

Children in the age group 0-6 yrs

0 to 6 months

6 months to 1 year

1 year to 3 years

3 years to 6 years

Total

3,214


2,641

12,444


19,620

37,919

Health check-up

Pregnant Women

Nursing Mothers

Children (0-6 yrs)

2,413

3,210


37,919

Beneficiaries Under SNP

Children 0-6 year

6 months to 1 year

1 to 3 years

3 to 6 years

Pregnant mothers

Lactating mothers

Total
1,578

6,224


4,860

1,777


2,056

Immunization

Children (0-6 years)

Women

2,584


527

Pre-School Education

4,860


Implementation of Welfare Programmes:

Services and other activities:

The services provided under ICDS and other welfare schemes including celebrations and activities undertaken during the year 2015-16 are as follows:­



  1. Pre-School Education :

Pre-School Education is given to all the children of 3 years to 6 years of age who are attending the anganwadi centres. During the year 2015-16, 4860 children were given Pre-School Education by playway method, story telling & indoor & outdoor games etc.

  1. Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP):

Under SNP, the following items were supplied to the Anganwadi Centres of the block during the year:

Rice

-

58700 Kg

Wheat

-

96400 Kg

Panjiri

-

96300 Kg

Sugar

-

97900 Kg

Ghee

-

5920 Ltr

Milk Powder

-

18900 Kg

  1. Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Scheme :

Keeping in view the decrease in the Sex-Ratio of Punjab State, the Govt is running 'Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Scheme'. This scheme was started by merging two schemes i.e. Kanya Jagriti Jyoti Scheme & Nanhi Chhan Scheme. The main aim of running this scheme is to improve the social & educational status of girl child, to improve the sex-ratio in the State, to improve the enrolment of girl child in the schools & to change the mindset of people towards a girl child. During the year 2015-16, 920 beneficiaries have been covered under the scheme & lists have been forwarded to Directorate of Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab.

  1. Pension Scheme:

During the year 2015-16, the cases of following number of beneficiaries were approved by the Department :


Sr. No.

Scheme

Total

01

Old Age Pension

375

02

Widow Pension

222

03

Dependent

78

04

Handicapped

95




Total

770

In addition to this, 1000 forms under Pension Scheme were forwarded online to the DSSO, Bathinda for approval.

  1. Breast Feeding Week :

Breast Feeding Week was observed by the ICDS Block, Bathinda by organizing functions in different villages of the block. Functions were organised at Anganwadi Centre no. 265, ward no. 17 of Chandsar Basti on 7th August, 2015. Functions in this connection were also organised at ward no. 8, Bathinda & Deon village to highlight the importance of Breast Milk for the babies. In these functions, Dr. Pankaj Kumar, Medical Officer, Goniana Mandi, Health Staff, Dr. Arshdeep Singh, Medical Officer, Dr. B.K. Nagpal, Smt. Usha Rani, CDPO of the block, Supervisors & pregnant and Nursing mothers & Anganwadi Workers & Anganwadi Helpers were present.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Pankaj Kumar & Dr. Arshdeep Singh discussed in details about the benefits of Breast Feeding. The gathering was told that breast milk protects a child from different diseases and it keeps the child healthy. Mrs. Usha Rani, CDPO of the block said that Breast Milk is a complete food for the baby. Children should be put on exclusive breast feeding for first six months. She asked the Anganwadi Workers to create awareness about the importance of Breast Feeding to the women in their villages. At the end of the function, Mrs. Usha Rani thanked the guest speakers & other participants.



  1. ICDS Day Celebrations :

ICDS Day was celebrated on 2nd October, 2015 at ward no. 17, Chandsar Basti in collaboration with Inner Wheel Club. Anganwadi Workers & Women of the village area participated in the function.

The gathering was informed about various services provided by the ICDS viz Immunization, Health Check-up, SNP, Referral services etc. Anganwadi Workers were asked to make people aware of the services being provided under ICDS Scheme & ask them to avail these services.



  1. Children's Day Celebration :

Children's Day was celebrated on 14th November, 2015 in different circles of ICDS Block Bathinda. Children of Anganwadi Centre, women of different villages & Anganwadi Workers of respective circles participated in the function.

The participants were told that this day is celebrated on Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's Birthday, as Nehru Ji loved children. He was fondly called Chacha Nehru. Poems & Songs were presented by the children on the occasion. All the Anganwadi Workers were asked to celebrate this day in their villages/wards, by organising functions for children.



  1. Celebration of Lohri of Girl Children :

A district level function to celebrate Lohri of fifteen girls was held at ward no. 2, Bathinda on 12th January, 2016 by the ICDS, Bathinda Block. Mr. Rakesh Walia, District Programme Officer was the Chief guest on the occasion. Mrs. Usha Rani, CDPO of the block, all Supervisors, Anganwadi workers, Helpers, Children, mothers of the girls and a large number of women of that area were present in the function. Speaking on the occasion Mrs. Usha Rani, CDPO said that special attention be given on girls health, Nutrition and Education. The birthdays & Lohri functions of girl children should also be celebrated. Expressing concern over the decreased Sex-ratio in Punjab, Mr. Rakesh Kumar Walia urged to celebrate Lohri of girl children at village level, circle level & at block level. Gifts were given to newly born girls & their mothers were congratulated on the occasion. Moongphali & Rewris were distributed amongst everyone.

  1. Nutrition Week Celebrated :

A Block Level Function regarding the Nutrition Week celebration was organised at Prajapat Dharmshala of Balram Nagar, Anganwadi Centre no. 400 on 8th September, 2015.
Mr Rakesh Kumar Walia, District Programme Officer, Bathinda was the Chief guest on the occasion. Smt. Usha Rani, CDPO Smt. Paramjit Kaur, Supervisor, Mrs. Binderjit Kaur, A.N.M., Pregnant and Lactating mothers, women in the age group of 15-45 years, Anganwadi Workers and Anganwadi Helpers were present on the occasion. Mrs. Binderjit Kaur, A.N.M. told the importance of Nutritious food and told the pregnant and nursing mothers to include fresh vegetables and fruits in their daily diet. Mrs. Paramjit Kaur Supervisor of the block said that diet rich in Proteins, Vitamins, Iron and Calcium be taken, which we can get from Milk, Soybean, fresh fruits, vegetables and jaggery. Proper hygiene be maintained while cooking food.

Speaking on the occasion Mrs. Usha Rani, CDPO highlighted the importance of a balanced diet for the pregnant & nursing mothers and told them to include Green Leafy Vegetables, Jaggery and Roasted grams etc. in their diet. Mr. Rakesh Kumar Walia asked the ladies to modify their diet as has been suggested by the speakers.



  1. Workshop on 'Domestic Violence Protection Act' :

ICDS, Bathinda Block organised two workshops on 'Domestic Violence Protection Act at Bathinda and Goniana Mandi on 11th February, 2016 and 18th February, 2016 respectively. Smt. Usha Rani, CDPO, Block Bathinda, Mr. Jaskar Singh from Women Cell, Bathinda, Mr. Chander Mohan, Lawyer & representative from 'Abhilasha' an NGO & Lady Teachers of Sr. Sec. School were present on the occasion and shared their views regarding the Domestic Violence Protection Act. Skits, Lectures and Choreography was presented on the occasion.

Mr. Prem Kumar, President of Municipal Council, Mr. Sandeep Kumar Bitta, Vice-President, Mr. Amir Singh Makkar, M.C., Mr. Ajit Singh Sahbi and a large number of people were also present on the occasion.



  1. Model Anganwadi Centre :

The first furnished Model Anganwadi Centre of village Gahri Bhagi of the district was inaugurated by Mr. Rakesh Walia, P.O., Bathinda on 24th November, 2015. In this Centre, Tables, Chairs, Toys, Office furniture, Almirah, Darries, Stationery etc. were given by the Kargil India Private Ltd. In addition to these items the company also got the Anganwadi Centre painted, provided toilet facility & installed electric motor. The panchayat of the village gave assurance of any help for the Anganwadi Centre.

  1. Celebration of Independence Day on 15th August, 2015 :

The staff of the ICDS Block decorated the stage of Sports Stadium & made rangoli at the main gate of the function Venue and a tableau on services provided under ICDS Services was taken out by the ICDS Block on the occasion.

  1. Celebration of Republic Day on 26th January, 2016 :

The staff of the ICDS Block participated in the Republic Day function organised at Sports Stadium, Bathinda. The staff members also decorated the stage and made rangoli at the main gate. A tableau on ICDS Services was taken out on the occasion by the block.

  1. Self Help Groups :

There are 90 Self Help Groups in this block. During the year 2015-16, these groups have saved Rs. 17,28,160/-. A loan of Rs. 23,85,000/- was got sanctioned from the Bank for 23 Self Help Groups for starting some vocation.

ICDS Block Sidhwan Bet

120 Anganwadi Centers are being run by this office in 89 villages of Block Sidhwan Bet (Ludhiana).



Brief Report of Services being provided:-

ICDS project Sidhwan Bet is providing following services to the various beneficiaries:-




Total Population

:

126145

Male

:

66231

Female

:

59911

Children in the age group of 0-6 years

:

10048

Health Check-up







Pregnant Ladies

:

240

Nursing Mothers

:

281

Children

:

10048

Beneficiaries of Supplementary Nutrition Programme







6 months-3 years children

:

4236

3 years to 6 years children (also receive Pre-schooling)

:

4970

Pregnant Ladies

:

695

Nursing Mothers

:

842

Immunization







Pregnant Women

:

198

Children

:

930


Supplementary Nutrition Programmes (SNP):

Under SNP, children in the age group 0-6 years & pregnant & lactating mothers are given nutritious food. The following items are given to the children & mothers:-


Children (6 months to 3 years) :-

Children (6 months to 3 years)







Sweet Dalia (with milk)

Monday & Thursday




Kheer

Tuesday & Friday




Panjiri

Wednesday & Saturday

Children (3 years to 6 years)







Morning Nashta Halwa

Monday & Thursday




Kheer

Monday & Thursday




Morning Nashta Milk

Tuesday & Friday




Sweet Dalia (with milk)

Tuesday & Friday




Morning Nashta Halwa

Wednesday & Saturday




Panjiri

Wednesday & Saturday

Pregnant & Lactating Mothers







Sweet Dalia (with Milk)

Monday & Thursday




Kheer

Tuesday & Friday




Panjiri

Wednesday & Saturday

Pension Schemes:-

Cases for Old age, widow, dependent children and handicapped persons are received from villages and these forms are checked, scrutinized by this office. These cases are then sent to the office of District Social Security Officer, Ludhiana for approval.

Total cases received during the last year 2015-16, are as under:-


Position

Old Age

Widow

Dependent Children

Handicapped

Total

Received

143

59

20

20

242

Passed

93

44

15

13

165

In Process

50

15

5

7

77


Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Scheme:

Earlier this scheme was known as Kanya Jagriti Jyoti Scheme. This scheme has been renamed by the Punjab Govt. Under this scheme, scholarship is paid to the girl students of poor families, who adopt the norm of two children in the family. Two girls from a family are covered under this scheme. 93 cases have been received by the block during the year.



Swayamsidha Scheme:

Swayamsidha scheme was launched by the Govt. of India to uplift the women financially, particularly in rural areas. ICDS Block, Sidhwan Bet was also selected to implement this scheme. Under this scheme, 113 Self Help Groups of women have been formed. 1664 poor women from different villages of Block Sidhwan Bet are members of these Self Help Groups. Since inception of this scheme, Rs1213020/- have been saved by these members and Rs.878650/- have been advanced as loan to various needy women members as per reports for the month of Feb., 2016. Rs.3171000/- were given as loan to different SHGs by the Banks to start some income generating works. Members of these SHGs are engaged in Stitching & embroidery, karyana shops, Beauty parlors, Hindustan Lever Agencies, stitching, mushroom farming etc.



Karjkarta Bima Yojna for AWWs & AWHs:

Under this scheme Anganwadi Workers & Anganwadi Helpers between the age group of 18 years to 59 years are covered under insurance. In case of death, of any covered AWWs or AWHs, Rs.30, 000/- are paid to the nominee. If any covered member suffers from some cancer related disease, an amount up to Rs.75, 000/- is also given for treatment. Scholarship of Rs.1200/- (annually) is also given by LIC to two children of covered members, who are studying from 9th class to 12th class. 29 cases were covered under this scheme and Rs.34800/- were paid to AWWs.



Public Contributions:

During the year 2015-16, following items were received under public contributions for Anganwadi Centers:-



Water Rabber

10

Container

10

Pressure Cooker

01

Spoon

50

Glass

40

Darries

05

Chair

20

Table

05

Fan

02

Almiras

2

Various functions organised during the year 2015-16:

Breast Feeding Week:

A camp was organised at village Lihan on 7th August, 2015 in connection with 'Breast Feeding Week' Celebration. Mrs. Rajwant Kaur, CDPO ,Smt. Kulwinder Joshi & Smt. Swaranjit Kaur, Supervisor of the Block and a large number of people including Pregnant and Nursing mothers were present on the occasion. Smt. Baljinder Kaur, Sarpanch of the village and Mrs. Gurmail Kaur Panch were also present on the occasion. The gathering was told about the importance of Breast Milk & Colostrum.



Nutrition Week:

A camp was organised at Sherpur Kalan village on 1st September, 2015 in connection with Nutrition Week Celebration. Mrs.Rajwant Kaur, CDPO, Mrs Kulwinder Joshi, Supervisor and a large number of people including pregnant and lactating mothers and Asha workers were present on the occasion. CDPO, Sidhwan Bet told that due to lack of proteins, carbohydrate, iron, calcium and vitamins, a person gets number of deficiency diseases, which affects their health. So, it is very important to take a balanced diet. By taking seasonal vegetables, fruits and milk, we can avoid deficiency of important vitamins and minerals. We should avoid junk food and fried food. Vegetables should be cooked in a covered pan so as to preserve the nutrients. The food items must be kept covered. Independence Day & Republic Day Functions:

All the staff members of ICDS, Block Sidhwan Bet were present at Independence Day function organised on 15.08.2015 at Jagraon, Tehsil complex and Republic Day function organised on 26.01.2016 at Jagraon, Tehsil complex. Beautiful Rangoli was prepared by the staff of ICDS Blocks on these occasions.

De-Worming Day

De-worming day was organised in all the Anganwadi Centres of ICDS Block, Sidhwan Bet on 21/7/15. All children, who were attending Anganwadi Centres and Adolescents were given Albendazole tablets. Tablets of Folic Acid were also distributed among pregnant ladies, lactating mothers and Adolescents.



Lohri celebration of Newly born Girls Child:

A function regarding Lohri of newly born girls was organised on 22.01.2016 at village Bhaini Gujran. Smt. Rajwant Kaur, CDPO was the Chief Guest on the occasion, Sarpanch of the village Bhaini Gujran, Mrs.Swaranjit Kaur, Supervisor of the ICDS Block, Anganwadi Workers, Helpers, SHG Members & local public were present on the occasion. The speakers motivated the people to give equal opportunities to their daughters & provide them better education so that they are able to become self dependant.



Training for widows under Loomba Foundation scheme

Training camps for widows were organised under Loomba Foundation scheme at village Sherpur kalan and Swadi Kalan. Thirty widows got trained in these camps. S.Manpreet Singh Ayali, MLA Dakha gave Sewing Machines and Rs. 1000/- to the trainees.



Seminar on Domestic Violence :

A Seminar on Domestic Violence was organised by the Child Development Project Officer, Sidhwan Bet at Salempura and Jandi villages on 14th March & 15th March, 2016 respectively.

S. Ranjodh Singh, Chairman, Block Samiti, Sidhwan Bet was the chief Guest on the occasion. Mrs. Rajwant Kaur, CDPO of the Block welcomed the Chief guest. Mr. Rajinder Kumar Sharma, Mrs. Charanjit Kaur, Inspector, Punjab Police, Women Cell, Jagraon, addressed the women regarding Domestic Violence .She told the women that if any women faces Domestic violence, she can go to nearest police station and can take help .

Smt. Manjit Kaur Advocate explained about Domestic violence Act, 2005. At the end of this function a Play 'Bahara Nu Alvida' was presented by Mr. Shinder Sharma and Party .



ICDS Block Tarsikka

145 Anganwadi Centers including 6 mini Anganwadi Centers are being run by this office in 89 villages of Block Tarsikka (Amritsar).



ICDS, project Tarsikka is providing following services to the beneficiaries:-

Total Population

:

137285

Male

:

72805

Female

:

64480

Children in the age group of 0-6 years

:

12331

Health Check-up







Pregnant Ladies

:

1034

Nursing Mothers

:

925

Children

:

12331

Beneficiaries of Supplementary Nutrition Programme







6 months-3 years children

:

3823

3 years to 6 years children (also receive Pre-schooling)

:

1793

Pregnant Ladies (including SC:-387)

:

882

Nursing Mothers (including SC:-366)

:

743

Immunization







Pregnant Women

:

1034

Children

:

925



  1. Supplementary Nutrition Programmes (SNP):

Under SNP, children in the age group 0-6 years & pregnant & lactating mothers are given nutritious food. The following items are given to the children & mothers:-

Children (6 months to 3 years) :-

Children (6 months to 3 years)







Sweet Dalia (with milk)

Monday & Thursday




Kheer

Tuesday & Friday




Panjiri

Wednesday & Saturday

Children (3 years to 6 years)







Morning Nashta Halwa

Monday & Thursday




Kheer

Monday & Thursday




Morning Nashta Milk

Tuesday & Friday




Sweet Dalia (with milk)

Tuesday & Friday




Morning Nashta Halwa

Wednesday & Saturday




Panjiri

Wednesday & Saturday

Pregnant & Lactating Mothers







Sweet Dalia (with Milk)

Monday & Thursday




Kheer

Tuesday & Friday




Panjiri

Wednesday & Saturday


Pension Schemes:-

Cases for Old age, widow, dependent children and handicapped persons are received from villages and these forms are checked, scrutinized by this office. These cases are then sent to the office of District Social Security Officer, Amritsar for approval.

Total cases received during the year 2015-16, are as under:-


Position

Old Age

Widow

Dependent Children

Handicapped

Total

Received

30

40

20

08

98

Passed

30

40

20

08

98

Total

30

40

20

08

98



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