Centre seeks to revamp child care scheme in urban areas

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


Integrated Child Development scheme

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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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