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Palna Programme

  • Context (PIB): GoI aims to establish 17000 Crèches across the country as part of the Palna programme.
  • The erstwhile National Creche Scheme has been reorganized and renamed as Palna Scheme under the sub-scheme ‘Samarthya’ of ‘Mission Shakti’.
  • Under Palna Scheme, the provision of Anganwadi cum Creches has been introduced.
  • Further, the crèches which were running under the erstwhile National Creche Scheme have been included as Stand Alone Creches.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Women & Child Development.
  • Implementation: By State Governments. The State Governments could implement the Scheme through other suitable voluntary/ non-governmental organizations.
  • A crèche is a facility which enables parents to leave their children while they are at work and where children are provided stimulating environment for their holistic development.

Target Group

  • The scheme focuses on children of 6 months-6 years of working women in rural and urban areas who are employed for a minimum period of 15 days in a month, or six months in a year.


  • To provide day-care facilities for children (6 months to 6 years) of working mothers in the community.
  • To improve the nutrition and health status of children.
  • To promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development (Holistic Development) of children.
  • To educate and empower parents /caregivers for better childcare.

Services Provided

  • Daycare facilities including sleeping facilities.
  • Early stimulation for children below 3 years
  • Pre-school education for 3 to 6-year-old children.
  • Supplementary nutrition.
  • Growth monitoring.
  • Health check-up and immunization.

Financial Assistance

  • A Recurring Grant of Rs.152600/- per annum is provided for a crèche of 25 children.
  • A non-recurring grant for a period of five years – Rs 10,000/- once in the beginning of every new crèche and a subsequent grant of Rs. 5000/- at an interval of five years towards replacement/purchase of equipment/ furniture, water filter, etc.

Mission Shakti

  • Mission Shakti is a scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • Aim: Strengthening interventions for women’s safety, security, and empowerment.
  • It will be implemented during the 15th Finance Commission period 2021-22 to 2025-26.
  • It has two sub-schemes:
    1. Sambal (for the safety and security of women)
    2. Samarthya (for empowerment of women)

Sub-schemes of Sambal

  1. One Stop Centres (OSC)
  2. Women Helplines (181-WHL)
  3. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP)
  4. Nari Adalat

Sub-schemes of Samarthya

  1. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)
  2. Shakti Sadan (Ujjwala & Swadhar Greh)
  3. Working Women Hostel (Sakhi Niwas)
  4. National Creche Scheme (Palna)
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