Haryana to give Best Mother awards

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Chandigarh, Oct 4 (UNI) The Haryana government has decided to give Best Mother award to 2472 mothers during the current financial year.

These awards are given to encourage them for proper rearing of their children, especially the girl child with a view to improving their nutritional status and physical, mental, social, intellectual and psychological development, a spokesman for the Women and Child Development Department said today.

A sum of Rs 20.25 lakh had been made available in the budget of this year to award such mothers.

The mothers having atleast one girl child were selected for the first, second and third prizes of Rs 1000, Rs 750 and Rs 500 respectively at the block level and Rs 500, Rs 300 and Rs 200 respectively at the circle level.

He said Best Mother award functions were organised at each circle and block level.

As per the eligibility criteria, the age of the mothers should be 18 years at the time of her marriage and the birth of all her children should be registered.

Her children below the age of six should have been timely enrolled in Anganwari Centres and above six years in schools.

He said, ''Only those mothers would be selected for the award whose children are attending Aganwari Centres regularly for availing required services and they also visits the centre regularly.'' None of the children of eligible mothers should be in any grade of malnutrition. The immunisation status of her children should be completed as per the schedule, he added.

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