Integrated Child Developement Services Scheme (ICDS)
The programme of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) was launched on October 2, 1975 in 33 blocks in the country on an experimental basis to commemorate the 106th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi seeking to provide an integrated package of services in a convergent manner for the holistic development of the child. In Haryana, ICDS was launched in Kathura block of Sonepat district at first. In PALWALPalwal Distt Six ICDS projects are operational.
The objectives of the scheme are as under:
To improve the nutritional and Health status of pre-school children in the age- group of 0-6 years.
To lay the foundation of proper psychological development of the child.
To reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school drop-out;
To achieve effective coordination 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.