Centre seeks to revamp child care scheme in urban areas

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News: NITI Aayog will develop draft policy for enhancing ICDS programme in urban areas.

Facts:

Integrated Child Development scheme

  • Launched in 1975, the scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Objectives:

  • Improvement in the health and nutritional status of children 0–6 years and pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • Reduction in the incidence of their mortality and school drop out
  • Psychological, physical and social development of the child.
  • Enhancement of the maternal education

Beneficiaries:

  • Children 0–6 years of age
  • Pregnant and lactating mothers
  • Women 15–44 year of age
  • Since 1991 adolescent girls up to the age of 18 years for non-formal education and training on health and nutrition

Services:

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

Mechanism:

  • The services arc extended to the target community at a focal point ‘Anganwadi’ (AWC)
  • AWC is managed by female worker ‘Anganwadi Worker'(AWW) who is the key community level functionary