PALNA scheme

PALNA scheme

News: The Union Women and Child Development Ministry aims to establish 17,000 creches in Anganwadi Centres across the country.

What is the PALNA scheme?
• The Palna Scheme, also known as the National Creche Scheme, is an initiative by the Ministry of Women & Child Development in India. The objective of the scheme is to provide quality day-care facilities or crèches for the children of working mothers.
• The scheme aims to create a safe and secure environment for the nutritional, health, and cognitive development of children aged 6 months to 6 years. This enables more women to take up gainful employment amongst all socio-economic groups, both in the organized and unorganized sector, irrespective of their employment status.
• It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
• The Palna Scheme was revised and included as part of the Samarthya sub-component of Mission Shakti, starting from April 2022.

Focus of the scheme:
• Anganwadi-cum-Crèches: These centers combine existing Anganwadi services with dedicated crèche facilities. This approach aims to holistically address the needs of both mothers and children in one convenient location.
• Stand-alone creches: The crèches which were running under the erstwhile National Creche Scheme have been included as Stand Alone Creches. 

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