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Palna Scheme

Palna Scheme mind map
Recent News
National Programme
Held on 22 December 2023
Location
Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
Union WCD Minister
Smt. Smriti Irani
Urges states and UTs
Focus on unorganized sector
Mission Shakti
Palna under Samarthya sub-component
Effective from April 2022
Government Goals
Establish 17000 Crèches
5222 approved
Additional Crèche workers
Deputed with Anganwadi workers
What
Objective
Quality childcare for working women
Nutritional, health, cognitive development of children
Increase women's workforce participation
Age Group
Children aged 6 months to 6 years
Services Offered
Daycare
Supplementary nutrition
Early childhood education
Health check-ups
Operational Hours
7 to 8 hours a day
26 days a month
Budget Allocation
FY 2020-21: Rs. 75 Crore
FY 2021-22: Rs. 53 Crore
Why
Addressing Childcare Gap
Focus on urban areas
Support working mothers
Women's Economic Empowerment
Maternity Benefit Act, 2017
Increasing women workforce participation
Where
Nationwide Implementation
Across India
Targeting urban areas
Who
Ministry of Women & Child Development
Administration and Oversight
State Governments, UT Administrations
Running and Assessment
NGOs, Community-based Organizations
Execution Partners
How
Standard Operating Procedure
Comprehensive framework
Administrative hierarchy
Monitoring checklist
Training and Capacity Building
Mandatory for Crèche workers
Organized by State Boards
Construction Sites
Foundational assessment
Mapping for Crèche locations
Pros/Significance
Childcare Support
For working mothers
Economic Development
Enhances women's labor force participation
Community Well-being
Overall development of children
Cons and/or Challenges
Panel Discussions
Addressing challenges
Best practices sharing
Focus on care economy
Implementing Day Care Centres
Process and development trajectory
Inclusive care for children with disabilities
Way Forward
Further Expanding Crèches
Beyond proposed 17000
Collaboration
State and central government
NGOs, private sector
Skill Development
For crèche workers
Enhancing childcare quality

The Palna Scheme in India, part of the broader Mission Shakti initiative, is aimed at providing quality day-care facilities and comprehensive childcare for children aged 6 months to 6 years of working mothers. It focuses primarily on urban areas where family-based childcare support is less available. The scheme’s goal is to facilitate the participation of women in the workforce, particularly those in unorganized sectors, by ensuring their children have access to safe and nurturing environments. This includes services like daycare, supplementary nutrition, early childhood education, and health check-ups. The scheme is administered by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and involves various stakeholders including state governments, NGOs, and community-based organizations. The Palna Scheme, with its focus on empowering women and supporting child development, is an essential component of India’s efforts to enhance the well-being and economic participation of women.

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