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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
31-August-2012 13:42 IST
Procurement of Foodgrains for Anganwadis
In a Public Interest Litigation W.P. No. 196/2001 filed by Peoples’ Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) Vs. Union of India and others, Supreme Court of India vide their order dated 07.10.2004, reiterated on 13.12.2006 and 22.4.2009, had directed that the contractors shall not be used for supply of nutrition in Anganwadis and preferably ICDS funds shall be spent by making use of village communities, self-help groups and Mahila Mandals for buying of grains and preparation of meals.

Following these directions, all the States/UTs were addressed accordingly on 17.12.2004. The States/UTs were advised to individually file affidavits in the Supreme Court in compliance of the above orders. The Ministry further issued instructions on 20.12.2005 to States/UTs to ensure that Panchayati Raj Institutions, Self Help Groups and Mahila Mandals should be used, as far as possible, for buying food grains, other condiments etc., for preparation of meals at anganwadi centre and supervision/monitoring of supplementary nutrition.

Besides this, the Government of India also issued revised Feeding and Nutritional norms of 24.2.2009 detailing the mode and mechanism of SNP delivery which have been endorsed by the Apex Court vide their order of 22.4.2009.

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.