Integrated Child Development Service Scheme


Integrated Child Development Services Scheme is implemented in Pudukkottai District from 1986 May. 1799 Anganwadi Centres (1630 Main Anganwadi Centres and 169 Mini Anganwadi Centres ) are functioning in Pudukkottai District.


  • To improve the nutritional and health status of Children in the age group 0-6 years .
  • To lay the foundation for proper psychological , physical and social development of the Child.
  • To empower women and adolescent girls through increased awareness to take better care of their personal and household health and nutrition issues.
  • To reduce the incidence of mortality,morbidity,malnutrition and school drop-out.
  • To achieve effective Co- ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development and
  • To enhance the child capacity of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.

Pre School Education

Pre School Education programme for the 2-5 years Children in Anganwadi Centre is directed towards providing and ensuring a natural, joyful and stimulation environment, with emphasis on necessary inputs for optimal growth and development.

Noon meal feeding to 2-5 years Children

All children, who are enrolled, in the age between 2-5 years are served with hot cooked meals under Noon Meal Program.

SL.NO Category No of Beneficiaries
1 2-5 years Children 40421
2 1-2 years Children 20711


Information, Education and Communication (IEC)

IEC is an inbuilt component in ICDS, Nutrition Education and Nutrition Services are delivered concurrently. IEC activities promote Health and Nutrition services and enhance the credibility and image of Children Centres. IEC aims at improving maternal and childcare practices, encouraging community participation and motivating community to support ICDS services.
IEC activities are implemented as follows:

A. House Visit

Anganwadi workers visit the houses, atleast 10 houses/month, and educate the community on various topics.

B.Community Groups

Village level groups and formed and periodical meetings to are conducted to create awareness among the community at various levels

  1. Children working group (CWG) – I week ( Thurs day )
  2. Women working group (WWG) – II week( Thurs day )
  3. Adolescent girls working group (AGWG) – III week( Thurs day )
  4. Village level monitoring committee (VLMC) – IV week( Thurs day )

C. World breast feeding week

First week of August is celebrated as world breast feeding week at village level, block level and district level to create awareness about importance of breast feeding.

D. National Nutrition Week Celebration

Ist week of September is celebrated as nutrition week to create awareness on nutrition aspects for Pregnant and Lactating mothers, 0-6years Children & Adolescent girls with locally available low cost food materials.

E. Iodine day Celebration

Every year 21 st October is celebrated as Iodine day . To create awaress about the need of Iodine during Pregnancy ,Childhood period,and Adolescent age.

F. Children’s Day Celebration

Every year 14th November is celebrated as Children’s Day .This day create a rap out with the public and brings out the talents of Pre School Children.


Samuthaya valaikappu

Samuthaya valaikappu, a social ceremony was conducted in 86 sectors in pudukkottai districtF for the past four years. A total of 3440 pregnant women were benefited in every year and were held in 86 places in the district. A total sum of 8,60,000 rupees was used every year. The event was brought up by the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme.

Kalai kuzhu

Integrated Child Development Services Scheme is today the largest community outreach programme for the welfare of the people in the community. It is a pioneer scheme taking care of the female group especially the mother and the child. As a part of publishing the sevices provided by ICDS to the society, kalai kuzhu(a group of people) propagate the services to the public through dance, music and acting. A total sum of rupees 4,30,000 was spent for the same during the year without any balance.

Parambariya vnavu thiruvizha

We all are concerned about our health. An exclusive food festival focusing on the millets was celebrated in our district during the year2016-017 as “Parambariya vnavu thiruvizha”. It was conducted in four places in Pudukkottai district and a total sum of rupees 2,00,000 was spent on this without any balance amount.

KISHORI SAKTHI YOJANA (Adolescent Girls Promme)

Services under Kosher Sakthi Yojana are:

  • A. Orientation Training to Adolescent Girls
    • 11 – 15 years Adolescent Girls – Two days Orientation Training. (Nutrition,health,importance of education and Women welfare Schemes)
  • B. Vocational Skill Training
    • 15 – 18 years Adolescent Girls – One month Vocational Training Programme.(Computer Training)
    • To empower the knowledge and to support the financial condition of the adolescent girls kishori sakthi yojana programme is implemented. Totally 390 numberof adolescent girls were benefited by this programme. Basic computer course and multi media course on photography were focused in the syllabus.
  • C. Adolescent Girls Mela
    This will increase self confidence. Improve Nutritional and Health Status of Adolescent Girls and promote awareness of hygiene, Family Welfare, Home Management and Child Care, to gain better understanding of their environment related social issues and impact on their lives etc.

National Nutrition Mission (NNM)

The Government of India has approved the setting up of National Nutrition Mission and identified Ariyalur, Dindigul, Nilgiris, Villupuram and Chennai districts in Tamilnadu for implementation during 2017-2018. The remaining districts will be covered in phases during 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

The goals of NNM are to achieve improvement in nutritional status of children from 0-6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers in a time bound manner during the next three years from 2017-2018 with fixed targets as under:

SL.NO Objective Target
1 Prevent and reduce stunting in children (0-6 years) By 6% @ 2% p.a
2 Prevent & reduce under –nutrition (underweight prevalence) in children (0-6 years) By 6% @ 2% p.a
3 Reduce the prevalence of anaemia among young children (6-59 months) By 9% @ 3% p.a
4 Reduce the prevalence of anaemia among Women and Adolescent Girls in the age group of 15-49 years By 9% @ 3% p.a
5 Reduce Low Birth Weight (LBW) By 6% @ 2% p.a

The districts Collectors to monitor the preparatory activities under National Nutrition Mission (NNM) and ensure that various components of the scheme are implemented within the time frame.

Construction of Anganwadi Centres and provision of drinking water and other facilities

Tamilnadu Government has taken up construction of new anganwadi centres/Baby friendly toilets and provision of drinking water facilities. During 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Construction of 2000 Anganwadi Centres have been taken up. The district wise progress of these works are provided in Annexures – I & II.

Stunting and Wasting

Stunting is a well-established risk marker of poor child development and is measured as Height for Age. Stunting before the age of 2 years predicts poorer cognitive and educational outcomes in later childhood, adolescence and has significant educational and economic consequences at the individual, household and community levels.

Wasting is also referred as “acute malnutrition” and is measured as the Weight for Height. It is believed that episodes of wasting have a short duration, in contrast to stunting, which is regarded as chronic malnutrition. Data on district level prevalence of Stunting, Wasting among children (0-5 years) is furnished below..

Prevalence of Stunting in Children
SL NO Districts Children under 5 years who are stunted (height-for-age)(%)
1 Pudukkottai 5.4
2 Tamilnadu 27.1
3 India 38.4


Contact Us
District Project Officer (ICDS) Pudukkottai
Phone : 9488017656