ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Rethinking ICDS: A Rights Based Perspective

The ICDS programme is one of the most important public programmes in India, reaching out to the most neglected sections of the population. However, its coverage needs to be expanded to include every child, pregnant and nursing mothers, and adolescent girls. Its functions need to be separated, with a specialised person to provide pre-school education and another worker to take charge of health and nutrition aspects. Coordination between the health and education departments is required for maximum efficiency. Also, it is important to set clear goals, so that achievements can be assessed and work given direction.

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