Role of integrated child development scheme in India: A critical appraisal
Jagadesh HG, Dr. KB Chandrika
Integrated Child Development Scheme was introduced in India with an objective to provide to provide preschool education, food and healthcare services to children below 6 years in India, the Government of India has launched the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) as a welfare programme in order to achieve health equality for women and children who belong to under-privileged and deprived sections of society. Since the study elaborates the implementation and utilization pattern of the ICDS Schemes in India mainly to achieve the maximum beneficiaries utilizing the various schemes across the state provided with the facilities such as food, clothing, scholarships, and other basic educational facilities for children who are found to be deprived because of illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, vulnerable socio-economic conditions that are increasingly found in rural counterparts than urban. The ICDS programmes are targeted especially for children as these children who belong to low socio-economic background are in need of the effective initiation and implementation of programmes which can help them to lead a better life. Therefore, ICDS have its significant role in building better future for children by providing the maximum facilities and reaching the target of maximum beneficiaries utilizing ICDS schemes for the progress and development of nation. The present paper explains about the significant role played by Integrated Child Development Scheme to reduce the problem of malnutrition, identifying skills and developing learning capacity among children, increase in health education, and providing equal basic health privileges to women and children.