Odisha Government Sanctions Plan for Integrated Child Development Services
The Odisha Government has approved an annual programme implementation plan (APIP) for integrated child development services (ICDS) worth Rs 2,548.37 crore. The decision was taken in a state-level committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra.
The following are the sector-wise allocation made as per the APIP:
- Rs 2,341.43 crore has been sanctioned for Anganwadi services including supplementary nutrition and uniform medicine kits for children
- Rs 7.42 crore has been approved for the care of adolescent girls in the age group of 11-14 years
- Rs 199.52 crore has been allocated for the Poshan programme which is the Government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The principal components of this adolescent girl care scheme include nutrition support at the rate of Rs 9.5 per girl for 300 days.
- Further, Rs 1.1 lakh per project is rendered towards the supply of iron-folic acid supplement, health check-up and referral services, nutrition and health education, mainstreaming of school girls to join formal schooling through bridge course, skill training, life skill education, home management, counselling/guidance on accessing public services.
The major ventures under the Poshan programme incorporate IEC, behaviour change communication, incentives and grants for better performance, digitisation of registers kept at Anganwadi centres and tracking of real-time reports through mobile phones.
Anu Garg, the Principal Secretary of Women and Child Development said, four major programmes – Sakshyam Anganwadi services, supplementary nutrition, scheme for adolescent girls and Poshan are being fulfilled through 338 ICDS projects with funds divided between State and Central government.
Notably, around 35.08 lakh children, 7.32 lakh pregnant and lactating women and 13,082 adolescent girls are being assisted by the Anganwadi centres. To keep the Anganwadis functioning properly, Suresh Mohapatra has directed the department to assure safe electricity, toilet, drinking water and ‘learning through playing’ facilities for the children.