Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
07-August-2013 17:53 IST
Bad Quality Food Supply for Anganwadis
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme is a Centrally sponsored scheme implemented through the States/UTs. The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide their order dated 07.10.2004, in a Public Interest Litigation WP No. 196/2001, 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. These directions were reiterated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 13.12.2006 and 22.4.2009.

Following these directions, all the States/UTs were addressed accordingly on 17.12.2004. The Government 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 (AWC) and supervision/monitoring of Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP).

During the last one year, 33 complaints regarding irregularities in distribution of Supplementary Nutrition under ICDS have been received [Uttar Pradesh (12), Maharashtra (4), Bihar (4), Rajasthan (3), Chhattisgarh (2), Jharkhand (2) and one (1) each from Delhi, Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal & Orissa]. Out of this, two complaints pertain to poor quality of food supplied under SNP. Complaints regarding implementation of ICDS Scheme received in the Ministry are forwarded to the concerned State/UT for taking appropriate action. If the complaint is of serious nature, Ministry asks the State Government/UT to enquire the matter and submit a report to the Ministry.

Under ICDS scheme, SNP is one of the six services provided at the AWC. The beneficiaries covered under the scheme are children in the age group of 0-6 years and pregnant and lactating mothers. As per the reports received, Supplementary Nutrition Programme is implemented by all the States/UT covering all the beneficiaries including pregnant and lactating mothers.

As regards nutrition provision for adolescent girls, it is implemented in 205 Districts of the country under the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (SABLA) Scheme. In the remaining Districts where Kishori Shakti Yojana is operational, Supplementary Nutrition is provided to Adolescent Girls of 11-18 years registered at AWC. The expenditure for nutrition as per prescribed norms of Scheme is borne by the States/UTs.

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