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.
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 Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls - SABLA, and the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana.
The Directorate of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is headed by a Director, who is supported by a multi-tier staff structure comprising Joint Directors, Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors at the State level. At the District level, the District Programme Officer 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 and report to the CDPOs.
Objectives /area of interests of the ICDS Scheme –
Following six services are offered through a network of functional 80211 Anganwadi Centers spread over in 544 Projects under 38 districts of the state.
- 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; and
- To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutrition needs through nutrition and health education.
Universalization of ICDS:
- Supplementary Nutrition.
- Pre-school education.
- Health checkup.
- Referral services.
- Health and Nutrition education
Under universalization 10880 additional/ mini AnganwadiCentres have been sanctioned and they are in the process of implementation. Uncovered hamlets are being surveyed.