Mangaluru, Apr 18, 2016: Speaking to media after reviewing the works of the department in the district, Minister for State for Women and Child Development Umashree, stated that the long needed juvenile home for girls will come up in Mangaluru city.Minister Umashree said she is aware of the fact that for want of juvenile homes, minor girls accused of offences, are being sent to homes in neighbouring districts.
Minister Umashree said she will soon approve the proposal sent by the district officials. To start with, the home will function from a rented structure, she said and added that the department would later release grants for the construction of a juvenile home in a site allotted by the district administration.
Minister Umashree said the department has taken up the task of changing the appearance of the anganwadi buildings with a child-friendly look. Artists of Karnataka Lalitakala Academy will be roped in, they will be painting the walls of over 10,000 anganwadis with cartoons, flowers and animals. Each artist will be paid an honorarium by the department. The department is also constructing 4,000 new anganwadi buildings.
Expressing her concern over cases of malnutrition, infant mortality and maternal mortality in the district, the Minister said Associate Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and health workers will be asked to closely monitor health of pregnant women and infants.
The ASHAs and anganwadi workers will be asked to ensure that pregnant women take medicines and nutrient supplements in time.