Hyderabad: A post is being widely shared on social media with the claim that a Maharashtra-based anganwadi worker, Relu Vasave, travels 18 kms by boat to take care of children up to six years old and pregnant women. She travels to various villages to help them.
The claim is true.
NewsMeter performed a keyword search which directed us to many news reports.
According to a report by Economic Times published on 23 November 2020 titled "Why an Anganwadi worker rows 18 km daily", the anganwadi where Relu works is located in the remote tribal village of Chimalkhadi in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra. Relu's job is to keep an eye on the health and growth of newborns, children under six years of age, and pregnant women. She checks their weight and hands them nutritional supplements provided by the government.
A report by The Better India said Relu's job involves monitoring the health of pregnant women and children up to six years of age. Giving doses of medication and nutritional supplements, as per the schedule and government protocol, is all a part of her duty.
We also found a video uploaded on the YouTube channel 'HerZindagi' on 23 November 2020. According to the description of the video, Relu Vasave, an anganwadi worker from Nandurbar in Maharashtra, rows 18 km daily to help children and pregnant women.
Lastly, we found a tweet by ANI from 23 November 2020.
It is therefore evident that the claim is true.