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The Integrated Child Development Services Scheme was launched in India...

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Objectives,Goals & Strategies

Launched on 2nd October 1975, ICDS Scheme represents one of the world's largest and most unique programmes for early childhood development. ICDS is the foremost symbol of India's commitment to her children.


  •  To institutionalize essential services and strengthen structures at all levels
  •  To enhance capacities at all levels
  •  To ensure appropriate inter-sectoral response at all levels
  •  To raise public awareness and participation
  •  To create database and knowledge base for child development services


  •  Preventing and reducing under nutrition as early as possible.
  •  Focusing on reaching children under three years of age.
  •  An integrated approach to early child development.
  •  Extending from the centre to family and community.
  •  Fostering decentralization, flexibility.
  •  Ensuring equity.


  •  Strengthening ICDS as a programme with clear focus on accelerating achievement of maternal and child outcomes, repositioning early child development centrally.
  •  Developing an implementation framework with programmatic, management and institutional reforms, in Mission Mode with a clear time frame.
  •  Facilitating districts, block and communities by strengthening social mobilisation, advocacy and communication to bring sustainable changes in knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviours of beneficiaries, families and communities.
  •  Transforming the ICDS system into a learning organization, backed by a strong monitoring and evaluation function, accountability and transparency.
  •  Strengthening convergence.
  •  Promoting rights based approach, with women’s empowerment.
  •  Moving from outlays to child related outcomes.
  •  Ensuring good governance and effective monitoring.

ICDS in Tamilnadu has always remains in forefront when the efforts are taken by the State Government and Government of India in achieving the Nutritional goals and other indicators in ICDS.