The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for continuation of Anganwadi Services, Scheme for Adolescent Girls, Child Protection Services and National Creche Scheme from April 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018. The cabinet gave a go ahead with an outlay of over Rs.41,000 crore. The schemes which are given continuation are the sub-schemes under Umbrella Scheme "Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)".
The cabinet has also approved the implementation of Scheme for Adolescent Girls for out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years, its phased expansion and phasing out of the on-going Kishori Shakti Yojana for out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years.
The decision also provides for conversion of National Creche Scheme from Central Sector to Centrally Sponsored Scheme with the revised cost sharing between Centre and States as 60:40 for all States and UTs with legislature, 90:10 for NER and Himalayan States and 100% for UTs without legislature and implementation of the Scheme through States/UTs instead of existing implementation agencies.
The sub-schemes are not new schemes but are continuing from the 12th Five Year Plan.
"The programme through targeted interventions will strive to reduce the level of malnutrition, anaemia and low birth weight babies, ensure empowerment of adolescent girls, provide protection to the children who are in conflict with law, provide safe place for day-care to the children of working mothers, create synergy, ensure better monitoring, issue negative alerts for timely action, encourage States/UTs to perform, guide and supervise the line Ministries and States/UTs to achieve the targeted goals and bring more transparency," said an official statement.
More than 11 crore children, pregnant women & Lactating Mothers and the Adolescent Girls will be benefited through this scheme.
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