Revamping of Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Scheme
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3126
ANSWERED ON: 05.01.2018
Revamping of ICDS Scheme
Will the Minister of
WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government is planning to revamp the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Scheme and withdraw the provisions of cooked food and rations to children, and pregnant and lactating women, and replace it with cash transfers in view of NITI Ayog’s recent recommendation in the policy document, ‘Nourishing India’;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the steps taken to ensure that the disbursed cash is spent in the required manner?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(DR. VIRENDRA KUMAR)
(a) to (c) There is no proposal to revamp the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Scheme.
As per the existing norms, Take Home Ration is continuously provided to Pregnant women and Lactating Mothers, children of 6-36 months of age and malnourished children of the age of 6 months – 6 years while Hot Cooked Meal and Morning Snacks are provided to children of the age of 3-6 years at the Anganwadi Centres.