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India's children need a better deal -V Ramani

start with a handicap that is exacerbated by economic and social factors as well as a lack of focused attention from the huge paraphernalia of Public Health and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) staff. Second, social sector administrators stubbornly refuse to use real-time data in policy formulation and implementation. Although the ICDS system mandates a monthly recording of weights of every u

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Anganwadis: A report card -Shradha Chettri

de Naseem. She is a ‘helper’ at the AWC, responsible for bringing children aged six and below from the neighbourhood to the centre — under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme. Hard to swallow The ICDS — under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, and looked after by the WCD department in each state — has been in place since 1975. It was restruct

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Nutrition centres draw in tribal mothers to provide better diet for kids in Odisha

ent have been struggling to provide a safe childhood for tribal kids considering that 30 per cent children up to 5 years are underweight or suffering from malnutrition. The departments had engaged ICDS staff to identify children with such deficiencies in every village under the nutrition programme being carried out in Jeypore and Koraput sub-divisions. The village ASHA workers are responsible for taking mother and her malnourished child listed by <

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Giving short shrift to children's rights -Jean Dreze

ition during pregnancy”, as the Economic Survey 2015-16 aptly put it. No money, no eggs Second, the Central government is giving short shrift to the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), a critical programme that was making good progress until it was hit by Budget cuts in 2015-16. The initial Budget cut was about 50%. This was so mind-boggling that the government’s own Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi,

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Linking midday meal to Aadhaar wrong

-Deccan Herald The government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for children to avail midday meals in schools and nutrition under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme as well as for disabled students to get scholarships is wrong and ill-conceived. The decision was notified this week and it has given the students only a few weeks to comply with it. Aadhaar has been made mandatory for 11 services under a number of min

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Aadhaar linked to mid-day meal: Why put the burden on children? -Kiran Bhatty and Dipa Sinha

overnment programmes. The most recent orders relate to an Aadhaar requirement for children to access schools (even under their fundamental right to education), mid-day meals, supplementary nutrition (ICDS) and scholarships. These directives raise a number of ethical as well as practical questions, besides violating children’s right to education, nutrition and health. In fact, the ministry of human resource development notification making Aadh

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Regulator sets up scientific panel on food fortification and nutrition -Sounak Mitra

On 2 February, the regulator notified a draft plan to make supply of fortified food mandatory for government-supported schemes such as mid-day meal at schools, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Public Distribution System (PDS). FSSAI will carry out the exercise in collaboration with the Union ministry of women and child development. “The panel will identify critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general as well as in

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Determinants of Child Malnutrition in Tribal Areas of Madhya Pradesh -Rajesh Mishra

the Integrated Child Development Services. Moreover, the conversion of normal children to malnourished category and malnourished children to normal category put together indicates a dismal picture of ICDS as well as the health functionaries. Barring antenatal care services, other nutrition and health services for women were not found to be satisfactory. The malnutrition level of children has shown a strong association with the age of mothers at the ti

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Fortification plan for food

d, with no additional packaging and transport costs. In the first phase, the government aims to promote double fortified salt in school midday-meals and in the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) by December 2018, followed by fortified edible oil and wheat flour by December 2019. By 2020, the Centre aims to achieve the target of universal availability of fortified food, supplying such items through the public distribution system and the o

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Child malnutrition on rise but funding falters -Komal Ganotra

s just over, though some of the children were still busy with the last remains of sattu ki laddu in their dirty hands. Savita Devi, the sahayika (helper) at the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) centre, was already in the midst of preparing lunch for those kids. However, the sevika of the anganwadi was nowhere to be seen. When asked about her absence, Savita replied that the sevika had stopped attending her job as her salary was pending for

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