Srinagar, November 25
The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Social Welfare Department (SWD) Departments runs 6 services and 74 projects, involving 15669 sanctioned Anganwadi Centres (AWC), in the Kashmir Division.
Officials said that the ICDS programme, incorporated under the National Policy for Children, aims at to improve the nutritional health and psychological development of children and takes care of health of mothers.
They said that ICDS services include Supplementary Nutrition, Immunization, Health Check-ups, Referral Services, Non-formal Pre-school Education(all for children and lactating mothers) and Nutritional and Health Education (for all women in the age group of 15-45 years).
Officials said that the number of beneficiaries enrolled with AWCs of the Kashmir Province is 68760.
An amount of Rs 493 crore has been released for payment honorarium to AWWs and AWHs up to August 2016 , while an amount of Rs 62 lakh has been released in favour of 9 districts for completion works of 25 AWC buildings.
They said that Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) is being implemented in Anantnag, Kupwara and Leh, while as Indira Gandhi Matritwa Sahyog Yogna (IGMSY) is being implemented in Anantnag.
They said that Rs 29.05 lakh and Rs 25.60 lakh have been released during the current fiscal under the Nutrition and the Non-Nutrition components of the RGSEAG respectively, while Rs 85 lakh have been released under the IGMSY under which Rs 6000 is given to pregnant and lactating women.
Officials said that total of 78,656 beneficiaries are enrolled under NSAP, a pension scheme covering old age persons, widows and disabled persons, while as 52,682 cases are pending sanction. Under ISSS, which also covers old age persons, widows and PCPs, a total of 2,42,668 beneficiaries are registered with the Department.
They said under Aasra, SMAS and Hunar, 24,725, 2,968 and 2,988 beneficiaries are benefitted respectively. Under Matric-cum-Means 6,890 , under Post-Matric 49,516 and under Pre-Matric 38,257 applications stand submitted as on date.