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2018-07-20

Integrated Child Development Services Scheme: Unstarred Question in Loksabha

Integrated Child Development Services Scheme

(a) the salient features of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme implemented by the Government indicating the districts in which it is under implementation in the country, particularly in Jharkhand; and
(b) the funds allocated/released and utilised under the said scheme to Jharkhand along with the number of beneficiaries thereunder during each of the last three years and the current year?

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 637                                   ANSWERED ON: 20.07.2018

Integrated Child Development Services Scheme

RAM TAHAL CHOUDHARY

Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) the salient features of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme implemented by the Government indicating the districts in which it is under implementation in the country, particularly in Jharkhand; and
(b) the funds allocated/released and utilised under the said scheme to Jharkhand along with the number of beneficiaries thereunder during each of the last three years and the current year?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT 
(DR. VIRENDRA KUMAR)

(a) The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched in 1975 all over the country with the objectives to (i) to improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years; (ii) to lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child; (iii) to reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropout; (iv) to achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development; and (v) 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.
In order to achieve the ICDS objectives, a package of six essential services comprising (i) Supplementary nutrition; (ii) Immunization; (iii) Health check-up; (iv) Referral services; (v) Pre-school non-formal education; and (vi) Nutrition & health education are provided to the targeted beneficiaries i.e. all children below 6 years, Pregnant and Lactating Mothers. Three of the six services namely Immunisation, Health Check-up and Referral Services are delivered through Public Health Infrastructure under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The scheme is universalized and open to all eligible beneficiaries, without any discrimination on the basis of age group, gender, marital status, etc.
All children below 6 years, Pregnant and Lactating Mothers are eligible for services under Anganwadi Services. Anganwadi Services is self selecting scheme and no targets are fixed for beneficiaries of either Supplementary Nutrition or Pre-school non-formal education. 

(b) Statements showing release of funds and number of beneficiaries under the Scheme during the last 3 years and the current year are at Annex-I and II respectively.

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Source: Loksabha

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