Isaac concerned over certain norms of ICDS

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has expressed concern over certain norms of the fourth phase of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), assisted by the World Bank and approved by the Union Government, turning detrimental to the very concept of the programme.

Mini ICDS centres

Inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of the Alappuzha Urban ICDS here on Saturday, Dr. Isaac said the decision to have only mini ICDS centres instead of expanding coverage and to hand over the centres to business houses and voluntary organisations, which would supply only pre-cooked food to children at Anganwadis, would not improve the system.

Further, the decision to curtail funds by allowing only matching grants for financial inputs from parents of children sent to these centres could also boomerang. A price on the invaluable services rendered by these centres could lead to a collapse of the system, he said.