New Delhi: At least 97 Anganwadi Workers will receive national award for their exceptional achievements for the year 2017-18 today.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi will confer the awards to the awards.

The Central Government formulated a scheme for awarding Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) at the National and State Levels in 2000-2001.  The award is given to motivate the AWWs and recognise their exemplary service in the field of child development and related areas under the ICDS Scheme. The awards are given annually.

From this year, the cash prize of national level has been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000.

As per guidelines, national Level awards to AWWs are given to the awardees nominated by States/UTs out of the State/UT Level awardees.  The number of nominations of AWWs at National Level depends on the size of the State/UT and operational ICDS Projects. The number of awards has also been doubled.

The nominations received from the States/UTs are screened and recommended by a Screening Committee headed by Secretary, MWCD.  The selection of awardees is made by the Selection Committee headed by Union Women and Child Development Minister.

The award at the national level comprises of a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a citation. State-level award comprises of a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a citation.