Women and Child Development

Name of the Officer-in-Charge Sri Pinaki Gupta
Contact Details Office ph. no.-26413301
Name of staff
Administrative Structure (HR) of the Section
ICDS at a glance

On the basis of National Policy on Women & Child adopted by Govt of India on 1974 the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) started its functioning on 2 October 1975 with 2 Pilot Projects in West Bengal

At present all the Community Blocks & Municipality & Corporation areas of West Bengal are under ICDS coverage keeping in parity with universalisation of ICDS over the country planned on 2004-05.

Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt of India is the nodal Department for implementing such project nationwide and State Women & Child Development Department is the main counterpart in executing and monitoring this Scheme. Apart from that UNICEF & WHO have a major contribution for providing infrastructural support to this scheme.  National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), New Delhi is the nodal organization for Training of ICDS personnel and R&D of this Scheme.

Prime objective of this Scheme

  1.  Reduce Infant Mortality Rate ( IMR)
  2. Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR)
  3. Reduce School Dropout
  4. Reduce Malnutrition among Children & Mother
  5. Enhance and ensure Immunization Coverage of Children 

Beneficiary under this Scheme

      (1) All children of Age group 0-6 years 

      (2) Pregnant & Lactating Mothers 

Services Provided under this Scheme

  1. Supplementary Nutrition for Children (6months to 6 year) and Pregnant & Lactating Mothers
  2. Growth Monitoring Of Children under WHO standard Growth Chart
  3. Non Formal Pre-school Education to Children (3-6 yrs)
  4. Health & Nutrition Education to Mothers
  5. Health Check up of Children & Pregnant Mothers & Immunisation of Children (with the assistance of Health Department)
  6. Referral Service to ailing Children & Mothers
  7. Providing primary Medicines for general ailments of  beneficiaries
  8. Providing effective support to other Programmes like Pulse Polio, Sanitaion Programme etc  

Administrative Structure of Project  

In an Anganwari Centre, Anganwari Worker (AWW) is the nodal personnel for providing service from the AWCentre, who is assisted by one Helper.

25-30 AWCentres are managed by one Supervisor who visit Centres under her control and monitor their functioning.

Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) is the nodal personnel for a Project who is entrusted to execute it coordinating with District Programme Officer (DPO) and State Officials . In our State CDPOs are acting as Head of The Office and as well as Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for financial management of the Project.

District Programme Officer (DPO) monitor activities of all Projects under his/her jurisdiction and  have a Monthly Meeting with CDPOs. 

Other Informations 

Anganwari Centres usually constituted for every 1000 population (in areas under SC/ST/Minority population it is provided for every 700 population). The Centres remain open for 4 hours, and then AWW go for Home Visit for another 1 hour. Usually the Centres remain closed on Sundays and other scheduled Holidays.  

For Supplementary Nutrition Programme Rice, Pulses, Iodised Salt & Mustard Oil are supplied from Project Office. At present West Bengal Essential Commodities Supplies Corporation (WBECSC) supply food stuffs in Rates fixed by Nodal Department time to time to the Project Level Godown and then Food Stuffs are carried to AWCentres by engaging Contractors.  

Present Ration size provided to beneficiaries

  1. Normal Child Rs 4/- per day per head
  2. Malnourished Child Rs 6/- per day per head
  3. Pregnant & Lactating Mothers Rs 5/- per day per head 

Present Menu of Foods offered throughout the week

  1. Egg Curry & Rice for Monday, Wednesday & Friday
  2. Vegetable Curry & Rice for Tuesday & Thursday
  3. Khichuri for Saturday 
Quantity of food stuffs according to procurement price is fixed time to time by District Authority expenses for purchasing Eggs & Vegetables from local market are primarily incurred by AWWs and they submit Vouchers/Bills to Office and those are reimbursed. Same mechanism is maintained for Expenses for Fuels also.  

Training of ICDS Personnel 

There are provision of Training of all levels of ICDS personnel . Two tired Training Centres are constituted all over the State. Anganwari Training Centre (AWTC) provide job Training to AWW and Helpers, Middle Level Training Centres (MLTC) offer Training for Supervisors. NIPCCD, Easter Region located at Guahati provide Job Training & Refresher Training to CDPO, DPO and State Level Officers. 

Role of Public Representative in implementing the Scheme 

There are two Statutory Committees --- Project Level Selection Committee & Project Level Monitoring Committees . Selection Committee is chaired by any Minister entrusted by Department and Monitoring Committee is Chaired by Sub Divisional Officers. CDPO acts as Convenor of both the Committees. There are also AWCentre level Monitoring Committee headed by local PRI members/ Councilors in which AWW acts as Convenor.  

Kishori Shakti Yojna (KSY), a vocational Training Programme with a Health Awareness component  for Adolescent Girls is implemented through ICDS setup by arranging Training Programmes with different NGOs. Apart from that School dropout Adolescent Girls are provided Iron Folic Acid (IFA) Tablets & Albendazole (De worming Tablet) with the assistance of Health Dept in AWCentres. 


At present ICDS is under a transition phase to Mission Mode. New Revised Management Information System (MIS)  is going to be introduced very shortly. Phase-wise Training under this scheme is under process --- already Phase-II Training have been completed all over the District. 

E-governace has been introduced in ICDS Projects, under which all sorts of payments (Honororium & Reimbursement bill for Fuel and Egg-Vegetables) for AWW & Helpers are disbursed through online Electronic Credit System in their respective Bank Accounts. 

A goal has been set to build own building of all Anganwari Centres within 2015.

ICDS report
Status on Infrastructural Situation in Anganwadi Centres of Howrah District
District Profile (updated upto May 2014)

No of Projects functioning in the District : 22 

No of AWCentres operational in the District : 4053 

No of Beneficiaries in the District : 

Children ( 6months to 6 yrs) : 303812 

Pregnant & Lactating Mothers : 55053