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District Programme Officer
ICDS Project
District Headquarters Hospital
Nagapttinam 611 001
District Collectorate

TourismBoat on Fishing Plays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land.  

OneAgriculture Field of the major economies of the District, Agriculture contributes a higher share of Rice Production in the State. We have raised so many important agricultural crop in our District. Rice, Groundnut, Pulses, Gingelly, Sugarcane and Cotton.  

integrated child development programme


Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is one of the separate administrative wing comes under the Ministry of Social Welfare. ICDS is designed to promote holistic development of children under six years, through the strengthened capacity of caregivers and communities and improved access to basic services, at the community level. It also promotes a healthy Pre-natal and Post-natal environment for the young child and is likely to reduce the incidence of low birth weight. It also concentrate the welfare of the pregnant women, nursing mothers and adolescent girls in the age of 14- 19 years for child development and women's empowerment.

Main Objectives
  • Improve the nutritional and healthy status of children below the age of 6 years.
  • Lay the foundation for the proper psychological, physical and social development
  • of the child.
  • Reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropouts.
  • Achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation among various departments to promote child development.
  • Enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutrional needs of the child, through proper health and nutrition education.
ICDS Beneficiaries
  1. Children below 5 years
  2. Expectant and Nursing Mothers
  3. Adolescent girls
  4. Women in the age group 15-45 years
Services under ICDS
  1. ICDS provides a package of integrated services in a comprehensive and cost effective manner to meet the multi-dimensional and interrelated needs of children.
  2. ICDS beneficiaries receive health, nutrition and early childhood care and education related services. In addition, there is coverage of other important supportive services like safe drinking water, environmental sanitation, women's development and education programmes.
  3. All services in ICDS are expected to converge at the same time on the same set of beneficiaries i.e. Group of children and their family to create and appreciable impact.
Integrated Package of Services under ICDS
    1. Supplementary Nutrition
    2. Growth Monitoring
    3. Nutrition and Health Education
    1. Health Check-up
    2. Immunization
    3. Identification and Treatment of Common
    Childhood Illnesses and Minor Ailments.
    1. Referral Services
    Supportive Services and Convergence
    1. Supportive Services, such as Safe Drinking Water, Environmental Sanitation, Women’s Empowerment Programmes and Adult Literacy
    Early Childhood Care & Preschool Education
    1. Early Care and Stimulation of Children Under Three Years
    2. Preschool Education to Children in the 2-6 Years Age Group.
Role & Job Responsibilities of an AWH
In an Anganwadi, a Helper assists an AWW for the following activities:
    General Duties
    Assisting Anganwadi Worker in conducting all the activities of the Anganwadi Centre, such as:
    1. Counseling mothers and other caregivers of beneficiary children.
    2. Pre-School education activities
    3. Health check-up weighing of children, immunization of children / mothers.
    4. Mothers / community meeting.
    5. Maintenance of discipline among children.
    Specific Duties
    1. Cleaning premises of Anganwadi Centre and surrounding area.
    2. Fetching drinking water for daily use
    3. Cooking and serving supplementary nutrition for beneficiaries
    4. Inspection of cleanliness of children and assisting them in grooming themselves
    5. Preparation of preschool teaching aids under the guidance of an Anganwadi Worker.
    6. Collection and storage of items received for supplementary nutrition.
    7. Collecting and dropping small children.
    8. Contacting beneficiaries, parents and others in the community to attend meetings or for conveying messages.
    9. Opening and closing of an Anganwadi Centre under supervision of an Anganwadi Worker.
    10. Performing all the duties of an Anganwadi Worker when she is sick, absent or away from duty or on leave.
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:

House Visit

Anganwadi workers visit the houses (10days/month) and educate the connectivity on various topics. Village level groups are formed and periodical meetings to are conducted to create awareness among the community at various levels.

  • Children working group (CWG) - I week (Thusday)
  • Women working group (WWG) - II week (Thusday)
  • Adolescent girls working group (AGWG) - III week (Thusday)
  • Village level monitoring committee (VLMC) - IV week (Thusday)
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 coloustrum breast feeding.

National Nutrition Week Celebration

Ist week of September is celebrated as nutrition week to create awareness on nutrition aspects for AN/PN workers, 6 Months Children & Adolescent girls with locally available low cost food materials.

Nutrition Services
  • The Children 0-36 months are weighed every month and the children between 36 and 60 months are weighed every 3 months regularly for monitoring their growth.
  • Supplementary food is given to the children in the age group of 6-36 months.
  • Supplementary food is given to the Pregnant and Nursing women.
  • The children of 2 to 5 years and old age pensioners are provided with noon meal in the Child Centres.
Pre- School Education

Pre school education is imparted for 2- 5 years children. The objectives of the pre-school education are to promote holistic development of the Child (Physical, emotional, Cognitive, Language and social development) prepare them to attend the schools in the next stage.

  • To promote good habits.
  • To prepare the child for the next stage.
  • To inculcate good human and moral values.
  • To promote over all development of the child

Services under Kishori Sakthi Yojana are:

  • 11 - 15 years Adolescent Girls - Orientation Training.
  • 15 - 18 years Adolescent Girls - Vocational Training Programme.

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.

Sl. No Food Commodities 2 -5 years.
1. Rice 80 g
2. Dhall 10 g
3. Oil 2 g
4. Salt 1.9 g
5. Vegetables, Condiments & Fuel* 44 paise *
6. Boiled Egg ( 3 Eggs per week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays) Minimum 46 grams
* Vegetables - 20 paise, Condiments - 9 paise, fuel - 15 paise.
Beneficiaries 6 - 36 months 1 - 2 years 2 - 5 years Pre School ANC / PNC
Supplementary Feeding 130 gm / day
[Normal,I,II Grade]
190 gm/day
[III rd& IV thGrade]
One Egg/day [Wednesday] - 160 gm / day
Noon Meals - - Mixed Food -
Egg - - Weekly 3 Eggs
Green gram/ Sundal - - 20 gm of during every Tuesday -
Potato - - 20gm/ Every Friday -

Kishori Shakthi Yojana (KSY) scheme is being implemented for the benefit of Adolescent girls 11- 18 years by improving their literacy level and occupational skills and shape them in to better citizens. Under the scheme awareness campaigns on Nutrition, Health, Legal Rights, Home Management and Child Care are conducted through two days camps for adolescent girls

  • Health and awareness programme for 2 days
  • Vocational training for two trades in 38 days
  • Health and awareness should be implemented to all. Preference will be given to 11 - 15 years girls
  • Beneficiaries will be identified by CDPOs / DPOs.
    January 17
    Puratchi Thalaivar MGR
    February 24
    Honurable Chief Minister
    July 15
    Perunthalaivar Kamarajar
    September 15
    Per Aringnar Anna

    March 8
    Womens Day
    August 1st week
    National Breast Feeding Week
    September 1st week
    Nutrition week
    November 14
    Childrens Day
    October 21
    Iodine Day
The Anganwadi Centre
  1. An Anganwadi Centre a courtyard play centre located within the village or a slum is the focal point for delivery of all the services under ICDS programme in an integrated manner to children and women.
  2. An Anganwadi is a centre for convergence of services for children and women.
  3. An Anganwadi is a meeting ground, where women / mother's groups can come together with other frontline workers to share views and promote action for development of children and women.
  4. An Anganwadi is run by an Anganwadi Worker who is supported by a Helper in service delivery.
ICDS Team, their Role & Job Responsibilities
  1. A CDPO is an overall in-charge of an ICDS Project and is responsible for planning and implementation of the Project.
  2. A CDPO is supported by a team of 4-5 Supervisors who guide and supervise AWWs.
  3. In large ICDS Projects, where there are more than 150 AWCs in a Project, an Assistant Child Development Project Officer is also a part of the team.
  4. A Supervisor has the responsibility of supervising 20, 25 and 17 Anganwadi Workers in rural, urban and tribal projects respectively.
  5. A Supervisor guides an AWW in planning and organizing delivery of ICDS services at AWC and also gives on the spot guidance and training as and when required.
  6. An Anganwadi worker is a community based frontline voluntary worker, selected from within the local community. The selection is made by a committee at the Project level
  7. An AWW in mainly responsible for effective delivery of ICDS Services to children and women in the community.
  8. An AWW is an honorary worker who gets a monthly honorarium.
  9. At each AWC, a Helper is appointed to assist an AWW
  10. Helper is an honorary worker and is paid monthly honorarium.
  11. Health Services in ICDS are given by a team of Health Functionaries comprising Medical Officer, Lady Health Officer, ANM and Female Health Worker from Primary Health Centre and Sib-Centre in the Project. At the community level ASHA will be the first post of call for any health related demands of deprived sections of the population. Especially women and children.
Role & Job Responsibilities of an AWW
  1. Planning for Implementation of ICDS Programme
    1. Village Mapping
    2. Rapport Building with Community
    3. Conduction Community Survey and Enlisting Beneficiaries
      1. Children 0-6 years
      2. Children ‘At Risk’
      3. Expectant and Nursing Mothers
      4. Adolescent Girls
    4. Birth and Death Registration
  2. Service Delivery
    1. Preparation and Distribution of Supplementary Nutrition
      1. Children 6 months to 6 years
      2. Expectant and Nursing Mothers
      3. Children and Mothers ‘At Risk’
    2. Growth Monitoring Promote Breast feeding and counsel mothers on IYCF
    3. Assisting Health Staff in Immunization and Health Check-up of Children and Mothers.
    4. Referral Services
    5. Detection of Disability among children
    6. Providing Treatment for Minor Ailments and first aid.
    7. Management of Née natal and Childhood Illnesses.
    8. Health and Nutrition Education to Adolescent Girls, Women and Community.
    9. Organizing Non-formal Preschool Education Activities.
    10. Depot holder of medicine kit contraceptives of ASHA and under ICDS.
    11. Counseling Woman on Birth Preparedness
    12. Assist CDPOs/Supervisors in implementation of KSY and NPAG
  3. Information, Education and Communication
    1. Communicating with counseling Parents, Families and Communities etc.,
    2. Organizing Awareness Campaigns, Street Plays etc.,
    3. Prepare Communication and Education Material
  4. Community Contact
    1. Mobilize Community & Elicit Community Participation
    2. Maintain Liaison with Panchayat, Primary Schools, Mahila Mandals and Health Functionaries etc.,
  5. Management and Organisation
    1. Management of Anganwadi Centre
    2. Maintenance of Records, Registers and Visitor’s Books
    3. Preparation of monthly Progress Reports.