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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Women and Child Development department has launched measures to set up more creches to take care of children of the employees at government offices and colleges. The creches will be relocated to the government offices and aided colleges, which fall under the ambit of the Maternity Benefit Act.
The operations of the state-run creches functioning under the National Creche Scheme had been stalled in the state. These creches will be shifted to the buildings of public offices, civil stations, collectorates, and similar government institutions.
20 creches in 11 districts will be relocated soon here. The authorities informed that no final decision has been taken regarding the fees in the creches.
Priority will be given to cleanliness and entertainment along with taking care of the children. The children will be observed and provided with pre-school activities. Rs 2 lakh has been allotted for ensuring basic facilities for each creche. Creches will receive Rs 1,50,000 for establishing a feeding suite, cradles, children-friendly equipment, CCTV camera, and other facilities to observe children, while the remaining Rs 50,000 will be utilised for purchasing beds, bed sheets, toys, mats, and other products.