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Integrated Child Development Services in India – A Sub-National Review

Publisher: ISEC

The Integrated Child Development Services is India’s flagship programme aimed at addressing the holistic needs of the child. Since its inception in 1975, the programme has continued to experience a policy-implementation gap that has greatly hindered the effectiveness of the programme. Factors contributing to this gap can be attributed to poor resource allocation, poor governance and programmatic deficiencies. Furthermore, in 2001, the ICDS programme was mandated by the supreme court to be universalized. This has placed the added burden on implementing bodies to establish the programme nationwide, while trying to improve service quality. Although funding has been substantially increased in the years following universalization, the programme continues to struggle.

Author(s): K Gayathri, Jonathan Gangbar, Pavithra Rajan | Views(283) | Download (121)

  
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