Thursday, November 29, 2012

AP CM on old age homes Nov 2012

CM, AP has taken a review of programs for women, children, disabled and
senior citizens. Funds have been allocated. Long article but there is
some meat towards
the end! at last elections are waking him up from deep sleep. PVM
Andhra Pradesh CM asked officials to go ahead programmes for the
welfare of women, children, disabled and SEnior Citizens
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Report by India Education bureau, Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr N
Kiran Kumar Reddy today asked the officials to go ahead with all the
programmes for the welfare of women, children, disabled and senior
citizens in the state. He has also directed the Finance Department to
release adequate funds as required to complete these welfare
programmes launched and being launched by the Department.

The Chief Minister reviewed the issues and programmes of the
department of women, children, disabled and senior citizens in detail
with the Minister and officials. He has directed the officials to
achieve elimination of malnutrition among women and children,
protection of child rights, protection of women and welfare of
disabled and senior citizens within a time-frame and with clear mile

Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that we should have to reduce low weight at
birth of children and underweight of children in a big way. Minister
for Women and Child Welfare Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, Principal
Secretary, Women and Child Welfare, Neelam Sawhney, Principal
Secretary, Finance, D Sambasiva Rao and other officials attended the
meeting. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to speed up
recruitment to the vacancies in the department like Group I (APPSC)
and II supervisors etc. Department officials explained to the Chief
Minister various programmes taken up for the welfare of women,
Children, disabled and senior citizens.

The Chief Minister already announced the "Indiramma Amrutha Hastham"
under which "One Full Meal" will be provided to Pregnant and Lactating
mothers and children from 6 months to 6 years since one of the
critical interventions is to address the nutritional needs of Pregnant
& Lactating mothers. This will be achieved by the "One Full Meal"
programme which will have the impact like enhancing the quality and
acceptability of nutrition by the pregnant & lactating mothers;
improving the enrollment of pregnant and lactating mothers at AWCs;
ensuring that pregnant mothers consume 90+ IFA Tablets; decreasing
prevalence of anaemia & under-nutrition among pregnant & lactating
mothers; ensuring that they receive health checkup and immunization;
reducing the incidence of low birth babies and malnutrition among
children and reducing the incidence of Infant Mortality, Child
Mortality and Maternal Mortality. Improving nutrition levels of
children of 0-2 years: This is to focus on early initiation of breast
feeding; Advocating exclusive breast feeding for 6 months; Educate
about complementary feeding from 7 months to 2 years; Frequent &
adequate feeds from different categories of food; Study the existing
Modified Therapeutic Food (MTF) being served to children from 7 months
to 2 years; Bring about behavioural change in the community and
converged action with Health Dept., RWS & SHGs. Programme for
Adolescent Girls: Effective implementation of existing schemes of
SABLA and KSY - Formation of Kishori Samoohas in all districts and
Providing nutrition in 7 districts. Provide health services on Kishori
Diwas - Once in 3 months and Test hemoglobin & weight. Impart
education on Life Skills and Health & Nutrition. Engage adolescent
girls through school education and through vocational training.

Sensitize about social issues - marriage age and trafficking. "MAHILA
SHISHU CHAITHANYAM": Day 1-Meeting of mothers at AWCs on nutrition,
IYCF, child sex ratio, and domestic violence; Day 2-Meeting of
adolescents at AWCs on nutrition, life skills, child marriage &
trafficking; Day 3-Meeting of community at Gram Panchayats on
nutrition, social issues & gender sensitization; Day 4 & 5--meeting of
mandal level officers, PRIs, NGOs, opinion leaders and preparation of
action plan and Day 6--meeting of district level officers, PRIs, NGOs,
opinion leaders and preparation of action plan. Converged action by
ICDS, Health, RWS, SERP under "Maarpu" - Focus on 20 key interventions
and its monitoring - Early registration of pregnancy, antenatal check
ups, maternal nutrition, high risk pregnancies, birth planning,
institutional delivery, breast feeding, new born care, immunization,
growth monitoring, complementary feeding, management of illnesses,
referral system, family planning, maternal & child death reviews,
sanitation & hygiene, age at marriage, adolescent girls and gender
sensitization; Convergence in Service Delivery at the habitation level
- Services & counseling during NHDs, FDHS & Home visits; Conduct of
"Mahila Shishu Chaitanyas" once in a quarter; Participation of SHGs &
Village Organisations (VOs) - Preparation of Village Health &
Nutrition Plans; Use of Maternal and Child Protection (MCP) card -
Geographical synchronization and Administrative Structures for

Framework for Protection of Child Rights & Women: Implementation of
the Acts - The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,
2000, the Prohibition of Child Marriages Act, 2006, the Immoral
Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, Protection of Women from Domestic
Violence Act-2005 and Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961; Integrated Child
Protection Scheme (ICPS); Girl Child Protection Scheme (GCPS); Indira
Gandhi Matritva Sahayog Yojana (IGMSY); Compensation for victims of
atrocities; A.P. Society for Protection & Empowerment of Women and
Children and Institutions for Children & Women. Issues concerning the
Disabled: Marriage Incentive Awards enhanced to Rs.50,000/- Under
Economic Rehabilitation Scheme rate of subsidy enhanced to
Rs.30,000/-& the target for 2012-13 is 3266 beneficiaries - 2012-13 BE
for Economic and a Separate Study circle are being considered by the
Government for the disabled.

Establishment of Old Age Homes: As per the Maintenance and Welfare of
Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, the State Government are to
establish and maintain at least one Old Age home in each district to
accommodate 150 senior citizens; Establishment of new old age homes in
23 Districts requires Rs.1088.36 lakhs per annum. Hiring of vehicles
for District Officers - There is a need for District Officers to have
vehicle so that they can easily reach out to Persons with Disabilities
& Senior Citizens in Districts. The Chief Minister agreed to the


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