Department of WCD & MS

FAQs of various sections of the department

FAQs for public on ICDS(Nutrition) during COVID 19 pandemic

1. On closure of Anganwadi Centres(AWCs):

    1.1 How long will AWCs remain closed in the state?

    Ans: AWCs are closed due to the prevailing COVID related emergencies till 31st May,2020 or till such date as fixed by Govt later on.

    1.2 How long have AWCs remained closed for COVID19?

    Ans: AWCs have been closed in two phases so far i.e., from 14th-31st March,2020 and in             April,2020.They closed for a further period of one month      in May,2020. Further decision will be taken after analysing the situation.

2. On Supplementary Nutrition Programme(SNP):

       2.1 Who are the beneficiaries under SNP?

      Ans: Children (6 months-6 years) and pregnant & nursing women are the beneficiaries under SNP. 41,27,050 beneficiaries (17,93,896 children of the age        group 6 months-3 years;6,13,775 children of the age group 3-6 years and 7,19,379 pregnant & nursing women) are covered under the programme.

       2.2 Since AWCs are closed due to lockdown, how will the beneficiaries get their entitlement of nutrition?

       Ans: Anganwadi Workers(AWWs)/Helpers(AWHs) deliver Take Home Ration(THR) and ration in lieu of Hot Cooked Meals(HCMs),as per entitlement,         at doorsteps of beneficiaries.

       2.3 When is the entitlement distributed during COVID situation, and for what period? If I have not received my entitlements till now, what                 should I do?

      Ans: The entitlement for the entire month of May,2020 has been distributed at the doorstep of the beneficiary in the first 3 days of May,2020. Similar               arrangement will be made till the closer of AWC continues. If you have not received the entitlement, you can contact AWC of your area.

       2.4 What entitlements are being delivered at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries during COVID situation?

       Ans: i. Children (6 months-3 years) and pregnant & nursing women have been given chhatua, dry ration, ladoos / chikkis etc as per their entitlement                 once  in a month.

       ii. Children (3-6 years) have been given dry ration such as rice, pulses, oil, condiments, salt etc, in lieu of HCM once in a month.

       iii. In both the above cases, eggs, as per entitlement, are to be distributed at the doorstep on a weekly basis.

  2.5 Are distribution of chhatua, ration, eggs etc done following hygiene & social distancing protocols?

        Ans: i.AWWs/AWHs use masks, gloves, sanitisers and proper washing of hands with soap) and maintain social distancing.

                 ii.Take Home Ration(THR) producing Self Help Group(SHGs), also use masks, gloves, caps etc, ensure use of sanitisers & proper washing of hands with soap and maintain social distancing.

      2.6. How is distribution of supplementary nutrition monitored during prevailing situation?

        Ans: Distribution is monitored by members of Mothers and Jaanch Committees. The concerned Supervisors/CDPOs are responsible for smooth conduct of the task. At the end of the month, DSWOs furnish a certificate to the effect that, all beneficiaries, covered under SNP, have been provided their entitlements.

2.7 Do Take Home Ration(THR) producing Self Help Group(SHGs)prepare THR in containment area?

        Ans: No. In containment areas, the quota of the SHGs, engaged for preparation and distribution of THR, are tagged to a SHG of adjoining area. 

2.8 We have returned from different states and we are not registered with AWC. Are we entitled for the services of AWC? How will we get the nutrition and other support from AWC?

Ans: Yes, you are entitled for the services at the AWC. please inform the AWC/AWW of your area for inclusion of your name.


3.On Convergent Activities:

          3.1 How is the well being of pregnant women ensured?

          Ans: Pregnant women are being sensitized by ASHAs/AWWs on precautions to be take for COVID19 and to report possible symptoms (including fever, cough or difficulty in breathing). They are also being counselled to continue to take proper & adequate nutrition since a healthy diet boosts immunity & resists infections.

           3.2 I am a nursing mother and suffering from cough and cold. Should I breastfeed my child?

           Ans: Nursing mothers, having cough and cold including fever may continue breastfeeding with precautions to prevent infections. They must, however, avail immediate medical care. C

          3.3 How are Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) children looked after?

           Ans: SAM children with complications, must be referred to the nearest Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) by the local MO/ANM. Follow-ups, must also be monitored at the household level, through ASHAs & AWWs.

           3.4 Does Village Health Sanitation Nutrition Day (VHSND)/ Urban Health and Nutrition Day (UHND) and routine immunization take place during COVID-19 situation?

           Ans: Yes. It is, however, be ensured that, attendance is regulated in a staggered manner in order to maintain social distancing and hygiene protocols. After every use, equipment such as weighing scales, thermometers get sanitized. The beneficiaries, attending the session, wash hands with soap & water. VHSND/UHND and regular immunisation will not be done in containment zone.


4. On Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE):

          4.1 Now that AWCs are closed, are preschool going children deprived of ECCE ?

          Ans: No. the Department has released `Ghare Ghare Arunima`, a calendar based fun filled list of activities for 16,13,775 children, who are mostly indoors, to be implemented in support of parents and grandparents. It is a substitute for age appropriate theme based curriculum `Nua Arunima` practised at home during lockdown situation.

         4.2 What purpose will `Ghare Ghare Arunima`serve?

         Ans: The purpose is to reach out to families to keep young children engaged in meaningful activities at home. The calendar of activities will keep them stimulated and improve their psychosocial wellbeing. It will also strengthen the bonding amongst the members of family and spread happiness at home.

        4.3 What activities are conducted in `Ghare Ghare Arunima`?

        Ans. The host of activities suggested in the programme are: action songs, dance, painting, storytelling/ listening etc based on the prescribed theme of the month(The one this month being  insects & reptiles) . It also focuses on practice of good habits like hand washing, hygiene & sanitation, social distancing etc. to prevent infection. Further, children are to be initiated to household chores such as folding clothes and watering plants etc.

        4.4 How is `Ghare Ghare Arunima` implemented?

        Ans. Given the challenges of the lockdown and social distancing measures, the calendar of activities is shared digitally with parents by the AWWs. For families without net connectivity, printed copies of the calendar are getting circulated as far as possible. DSWOs and CDPOs across the state have been oriented on the programme through a video conference held on 21st April, 2020.

5.On additional duties discharged by ICDS functionaries in COVID19 management:

       5.1 What additional responsibilities have been entrusted upon AWWs?

       Ans: AWWs work in convergence with ASHAs and ANMs in providing essential services for management of COVID. She identifies persons with travel history and symptoms through community surveillance; sticker houses of persons quarantined at home; survey persons/families not covered under the NFSA/SFSA; helps distribution of pensions (old age/widow/disabled etc) & PDS commodities/ration/cash; gathers information on migrants to return from other states/abroad.

Besides, they monitor & supervise community kitchens operated by SHGs and spread awareness in the community, particularly on hygiene, use of masks and social distancing.

  1. What measures do AWWs take to increase awareness in the community?

Ans: AWWs conduct community meetings on COVID19, counselling sessions with beneficiaries on social distancing, hand washing sessions etc. She also circulates leaflets, IEC materials as and when assigned to do so. Besides, she mobiles identified persons to the testing centres.

  1. What role do Supervisors/ CDPOs /DSWOs play?

Ans: Besides managing /supervising their routine work of  provision of supplementary nutrition, conduct of ECCE activities at home and conduct of convergent activities such as organising VHSND, immunisation, health check-ups & referrals of children and pregnant women they coordinate with functionaries of  H & FW/ FS & CW,PR & DW Labour & ESI and PRI members/community  for conducting various activities assigned by the district administration from time to time.

6. FAQs for public on child protection during COVID 19 pandemic

       6.1 What is the helpline for children in difficulty? If I find a child in difficulty during the lockdown, what should I do?

       Ans: 1098 is the 24 X 7 helpline number for children and its functional even during lockdown. In case you find any child in difficulty, please inform the           case at 1098.

      6.2 What are the district level important structures of child protection? How can I contact them?

      Ans:  Yes, there are Child Welfare Committee and District Child Protection Units in every district. Contact details of all functionaries are available                     in  www.wcdodisha.gov.in  and  www.oscps.nic.in

      6.3 How many Child Care Institutions are there?

      Ans:  In Odisha we have 244 no’s of registered Child Care Institution (CCI)s in the state.

      6.4 Which category of children are cared in these CCIs?

      Ans: Two, i. Children in need of care & protection, ii. Children in conflict with law.

      6.5 Are CCIs functional even during lock down?

      Ans: Yes, children are there doing study, yoga, game and recreational activities maintaining social distance.

      6.6 I am a guardian of a child in need of care and protection and took my child from CCI. When should I take back her/him to the CCI?

      Ans: It is generally advisable for the child to be in the family for his/her best interest. Try the best to keep the child with you. In case of any difficulty dail        1098. Concerned District Child Protection Unit will contact you.


      6.7 What about the children at temporary shelter?

      Ans: They have equal rights like the elders and duty bearers need to give special attention.

      6.8 Can I apply for adoption during the lockdown period?

      Ans: Yes you can. For details please visit: www.cara.nic.in

      6.9 Can individual or institutional donors support these children/CCIs?

      Ans: Yes, they are welcome. However, entry inside such institutions are restricted and a prescribed protocol is to be followed.

      6.10 Can individual or institutional donors visit these children/CCIs?

      Ans: No, Outsider entry is restricted.

      6.11 I have seen a vulnerable child, what to do?

      Ans:  Dial 1098 or report to local police.

      6.12 My child is missing, what to do?

      Ans:  Report to local police at 100

7.  FAQs for public on MAMATA during COVID 19 pandemic

          7.1 Who will be eligible under MAMATA scheme?

Ans.       The Pregnant & Lactating women of 19 years age and above for the first 2 live births are eligible for MAMATA scheme except all employees of Government/Public Sector Undertakings (Central and State) and their wives

   However, the first 2 live birth norm is relaxed for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).They will get MAMATA benefits irrespective of any number of live births.

         7.2 What are the benefits given under MAMATA scheme?

Ans. The amount of Rs 5000/- is given to the beneficiary in two instalments through E- transfer directly to the  bank account of the beneficiary  as below:

  •      First instalment  Rs 3000/-- during 3rd trimester of pregnancy
  •      Second instalment  Rs 2000/- after the infant completes 10 months of age .


        7.3 I have returned from other states during the lockdown and I am not registered for MAMATA benefits. Am I entitled for the benefits of                   MAMATA scheme? How can I get myself registered under MAMATA scheme?

Ans. Yes, if you fulfil the eligibility condition with a pregnancy up to four months  and you have not obtained/ registered for any other state/ Central Govt maternity benefits scheme, you can register yourself at Anganwadi centre (AWC)/ Mini AWC/ Sub Centre of your area. Later, you should open a bank account in any NEFT facility bank for transfer of your entitlement. Opening of bank account is not compulsory for registration, how ever for transfer of money, bank account is mandatory.

      7.4 What are the conditions to be fulfilled to get 1st instalment in the scheme?

Ans. The conditions to get 1st instalment in the scheme are:

  • Pregnancy registered at the AWC/Mini AWC.
  • Received at least 2 antenatal check-up (ANC) i.e. 1st ANC visit within 16 weeks of pregnancy & 2nd ANC visit within 14-26 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Received IFA tablets.
  • Received at least one TT vaccination (out of optimal 2).
  • Received at least one counselling session at the AWC/ Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND)/ Home Visit.

      7.5 What are the conditions to be fulfilled to get 2nd instalment in the scheme?

        Ans: To get 2nd instalment in the scheme, the conditions are:

  1. Child birth is registered at AWC or HSC.
  2. Child has received BCG vaccination.
  3. Child has received Pentavalent 1 & 2 & 3 vaccinations.
  4. Child has received Polio 1 & 2 & 3 vaccinations.
  5. Child has received Rotavirus 1 & 2 & 3 vaccinations.
  6. Child has received Mealses vaccine before attaining 1 year of age
  7. Child has received Vitamin-A first dose before attaining 1 year of age
  8. Mother has attended at least six Growth Monitoring and IYCF counselling sessions after delivery till 9 months
  9. Child has been exclusively breastfed for first six months (self-certification)
  10. Child has been introduced to complementary food on completion of six months of age (self- certification)
  11. Child is being fed age-appropriate complementary feeding and continuing (self- certification)


8. FAQs for public on WD during COVID 19 pandemic

       8.1 During lock down, where to call or seek assistance if any kind of abuse / harassment or violence occurred on girls and women during                       lockdown?

Ans: For any kind of information and referral services relating to women, one can dial - “Women Helpline Toll free number -181”. The Women helpline provides toll-free 24-hours telecom service to women affected by violence seeking support and information. This facility is functional even during lock down.

      8.2 During lock down how to register or communicate on Domestic Violence cases/issues?

Ans The Department of WCD & MS introduced a WhatsApp number for reporting cases of domestic violence. The WhatsApp number is 7205006039, in addition to 181 helpline number (Women Helpline). This service is continuing even during lock down.

      8.3 Is there any support system to help distress women at the districts?

Ans: Yes, there are One Stop Centres functioning in all 30 districts even during lock down. One Stop Centre provides integrated support and assistance to women/girls affected by violence. It facilitates immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to an integrated range of services including medical, legal, psychological and counselling support. these centres are operational 24 X 7.

They are primarily located in District Health Headquarters or its nearby. Call Women Helpline- 181 to find the nearest One Stop Centres.

       8.4 Where do a distress or aggrieved women get psycho-social counselling?

Ans: There are professional counsellors in Women Helpline and Once stop Centres. During this lock down counselling is provided through telephone call to the women in need of support.

      8.5 Whether any distress women can contact State Commission for Women during lockdown?

Ans: Yes. During this lockdown, the State Commission of Women has introduced a WhatsApp number-8763543013. Any women can register any kind of case of violence at this number. The Commission is providing immediate support to the case registered.

      8.6 If a child marriage is going to happen, where to give complaint or information during lock down?

Ans: One can Dial or Call to Women Helpline -181 or Child Line-1098.

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