Five-tire review machanism introduced for ICDS scheme: Maneka Gandhi

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New Delhi: The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has said that the Government has introduced a 5-tier monitoring & review mechanism at different levels (National/ State/ District/ Block and Anganwadi level) in order to strengthen the performance of the ICDS. She was replying to supplementaries to a starred question on the working of Anganwadi centres in the Lok Sabha on March 20.The Government has issued guidelines on 31.03.2011 for Constitution of Monitoring and Review Committees at different levels to review progress in implementation of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, the Minister said. Composition and key roles of such committees at different levels have been defined and with a view to strengthen and make ICDS more participatory, PRIs and MPs and MLAs have been assigned representation on various committees at State, District and Block level Monitoring Committees, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi explained. Expressing concern at the irregularities in the implementation of ICDS Scheme, the Minister said that the situation is ‘extremely alarming’. She attributed the irregularities to the complete absence of a system of monitoring over the last 40 years of existence of ICDS.