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Govt. of West Bengal

Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare

Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS)

ICDS was launched on October 2, 1975 with only 1 urban (Khidirpur of Kolkata) and 1 rural (Manbazar of Purulia) project in West Bengal.

At present, in West Bengal 576 projects (423 – rural, 75 – urban, 78 – tribal projects) are operational.

It is a centrally sponsored scheme run by the State Govt. / UT through AWCs.

The major objectives of the ICDS Scheme are :

  • Improvement in nutritional and health status of the children in the age group of 0-6 years
  • Laying the foundation for a proper psychological, physical and social development of the children
  • Reduction in the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropouts
  • Co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst various departments to promote child development
  • Enhancement of the capacity of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.

Packages of Services: There are 6 (six) packages of Services, namely

  • Supplementary nutrition
  • Immunization
  • Health Check – up
  • Referral services
  • Nutrition and Health Education
  • Non-formal Education.

Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, a centrally sponsored one, constitutes one of the principal planks in the Nation’s Strategy to provide to children from the deprived sections of the society, the basic services for a better start in life. The Scheme provides services in an integrated manner to children below the age of 6 years. Restricting the coverage to children less than 6 years is based on the consideration that the pre-school age can be considered as a definite phase in the development of the child. Since the mother has a key role in the physical, psychological and social development of the child, nursing and expectant mothers and other women of 14-45 years are brought under this scheme which aims at the welfare of the child.

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