About Integtared Child Development Services (ICDS)
The Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services in the state has undergone tremendous long journey to set up first village outpost for mother and child. Started on October 2nd, 1975 from Garhi panchayat samiti of Banswara, pursuance of principles laid down in National Child Policy, 1974. ICDS is now catering to about large number of beneficiaries through a network of functional 62020 Anganwadi Centers in 304 projects of state.
The Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services is primarily concerned with the implementation of schemes related to children in the age group of 0-6 years, adolescent girls as well as pregnant and lactating women. In addition to these initiatives, the Directorate is concerned with the relevant policies, legislations, budget, training requirements, monitoring, evaluation and supervision of programmes concerning early childhood care and nutrition programmes to ensure following objectives :-
· To improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age group 0-6 years.
· To lay the foundations for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child.
· To reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity malnutrition and school drop-out.
· To achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation among the various departments to promote child development.
· To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutrition needs through nutrition and health education.
While the prime responsibility of the Directorate is the implementation of the flagship programme for Integrated Child Development Services Scheme, it is also responsible for implementation of the Poshan Abhiyaan, Pradhanmantri Matru Vandan Yojna and Indra Gandhi Matru Poshan Yojna.
The Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is headed by a Director, who is supported by a multi-tier staff structure comprising Additional Directors, Joint Directors, Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors at the State level. At the District level, the Deputy Director executes the programmes in coordination with the Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) in charge of the ICDS projects at the block level. At the village level, there are the anganwadi workers, closely guided by Lady Supervisors who monitor clusters of Anganwadi Centres, termed as Sectors and report to the CDPOs.
The following services are sponsored under ICDS to help achieve its objectives:-
· Supplementary Nutrition
· Early Childhood Education(Non-Formal)
· Nutrition and Health Education (NHEd)
· Health checkup
· Referral services