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 Integrated Child Development Scheme (Ministry of Women & Child Devlopment)

Launched on 2nd October 1975, today, ICDS Scheme represents one of the world’s largest and most unique programmes for early childhood development. ICDS is the foremost symbol of India’s commitment to her children – India’s response to the challenge of providing pre-school education on one hand and breaking the vicious cycle of malnutrition, morbidity, reduced learning capacity and mortality, on the other.

 1. Objectives: The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched in 1975 with the following objectives:

  • To improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years;
  • To lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child;
  • To reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropout;
  • To achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development; 
  • To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.

2. Services: The above objectives are sought to be achieved through a package of services comprising:

  • Supplementary nutrition,
  • Immunization,
  • Health check-up,
  • Referral services,
  • Pre-school non-formal education
  • Nutrition & health education.

The concept of providing a package of services is based primarily on the consideration that the overall impact will be much larger if the different services develop in an integrated manner as the efficacy of a particular service depends upon the support it receives from related services.

INDCARE Trust with its efforts in various parts of Delhi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development has tried to make the Right to Food through the ICDS programme, as a accessible as it can and has thus contributed towards the Millenium Dvelopment Goals.Through this attempt, 49 Self Help Groups were also linked to the scheme and 490 women received employment and an ensured livelihood for supplying nutritious food to undernourished children. Not only  this, 30% of the total assets is also held by these women. This is a remarkable achievement in itself.

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