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Integrated Child Development Services Scheme

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 06, Jul 2021
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Launched on 2nd October, 1975

  • ICDS Scheme is one of the world’s largest and unique programmes for early childhood care and development.
  •  ICDS is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented by state governments and union territories. The scheme is universal covering all the districts of the country.
  • The Scheme has been renamed as Anganwadi Services.


  • Children in the age group of 0-6 years
  • Pregnant women and
  • Lactating mothers

Objectives of the Scheme

  • To improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years
  • To lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child
  • To reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropout.
  • To achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments To promote child development
  • To enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.

Services under ICDS

  • Supplementary Nutrition
  • Pre-school non-formal education
  • Nutrition & health education
  • Immunization
  • Health check-up
  • Referral services