Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
08-December-2011 16:21 IST
Food Supplementaries for Mothers under ICDS Scheme
There were 2.32 crore pregnant women and lactating mothers (P&LM) eligible for enrolment as per anganwadi survey register in 12.88 lakh operational anganwadi centres (AWCs) of which 1.80 crore P&LM availed of supplementary nutrition as on 30.09.2011 as ICDS is a self selecting Scheme, the Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath revealed this in Rajya Sabha in written reply to a question.

The Minister further stated that though ICDS is a self selecting Scheme, the number of pregnant women & lactating mother receiving supplementary nutrition have increased from 1.51 crore as on 31.03.2009 to 1.56 crore as on 31.03.2010 and to 1.80 crore as on 30.09.2011.

The Government has introduced 5-tier monitoring & review mechanism at National, State, District, Block and Anganwadi Levels and has issued the guidelines on 31.03.2011. Under these guidelines, the District and Block level Committees will closely monitor inter-alia coverage of beneficiaries including pregnant women & lactating mothers (P&LM) and Anganwadi level Committee is required to review and take as well as suggest actions to improve coverage of all eligible beneficiaries as against the surveyed population, the Minister said.