No plan to replace ration with cash transfer under ICDS

The government is considering ways to improve the system and to make it more transparent.

GN Bureau | March 9, 2017


#MGNREGS   #ration   #cash transfer   #Aadhaar   #ICDS  


 Calling reports on cash transfer and Aadhar card requirements under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) factually incorrect, the ministry of women and child development has said that there is no plan at present to substitute this with cash transfer. 

It was reported that for children aged up to six years, the government has decided to replace the provision of dry ration under ICDS with cash transfers.
 
 
 “There have also been complaints about the quality of Take Home Rations (THR). Therefore, the government is considering ways to improve the system and to make it more transparent. It is also exploring the possibility of conditional cash transfer in lieu of THR in select districts as a pilot as one of the options. However, a final decision is yet to be taken in this regard,” said a PIB press statement.
 
 
Under ICDS, supplementary nutrition is provided in the form of THR to children 6-36 months’ age group (including malnourished children) and pregnant women and lactating mothers. But for children between 3-6 years age group, hot cooked meal is provided at the anganwadi centres. The hot cooked meals will continue for the age group of three to six years.
 
 
Anand Shrivas, member of an NGO Adivasi Adhikar Manch, Satna Madhya Pradesh, working extensively in nutrition and health sector, says, “Giving cash in lieu of supplementary ration is not a good move. The supplementary packets at least had nutrients required by a growing child or a pregnant/lactating mother. Children and mothers consumed supplementary ration given to them because they are able to afford only one course meal at home. If cash is provided,there is no surety of whether that amount will be used to buy healthy food or not.”
 
The government recently issued orders to use Aadhaar in several welfare schemes considering the effectiveness of Aadhaar in curbing leakages and bringing transparency in delivery system. “While these orders require beneficiaries of these programs to give their Aadhaar number, it has also been ensured that no one is deprived of the benefits for want of Aadhaar. It has been made incumbent on the departments under Regulation 12 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations 2016 to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities to their beneficiaries so that no one is deprived of the benefits for lack of Aadhaar,” said the statement.
 
For children upto the age of six years, birth certificate or any of the specified documents such as production of request for enrolment under Aadhaar, bank pass book, voter ID card, ration card, kisan photo pass book, PAN card, MGNREGS job card, etc. can be produced as proof of relationship of child with the parent/legal guardian, etc. 
 
Under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, the Anganwadis have been asked to collect the Aadhaar number of the children beneficiaries and in case a child does not have Aadhaar, the ICDS functionary will be required to provide enrolment facilities to her and till Aadhaar number is assigned to her, the benefits will be continued to be given to her. 
 
In a large number of cases filed by different parties including the government of Maharashtra before the  Supreme Court, March 3, 2017, the attorney general stated that the policy of the government would be covered in the affidavit for which he has sought time.
 

Comments

 

Other News

In Maharashtra, what’s allowed, what’s not

Essential services allowed: 1) Hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinics, vaccinations, medical insurance offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, other medical and health services including supporting manufacturing and distribution units. This would also include dealers, transpo

Maharashtra goes under ‘Janata curfew’, restrictions from tonight

Striving to control the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections, the Maharashtra government has imposed prohibition on the gathering of more than four people as well as night curfew from Wednesday till May 1. Starting 8 pm Wednesday, Section 144 of CrPC (prohibition on the gathering of mor

Govt launches e-marketplace for aqua farmers

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated e-SANTA, an electronic marketplace providing a platform to connect aqua farmers and buyers. It aims to enable the farmers to get a better price and the exporters to directly purchase quality products from the farmers

Central Mine Planning and Design Institute to use a drone for coalfield survey

Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted a conditional exemption to Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) for surveying in coalfield areas of Coal India Ltd. The drones will be deployed for the acquisition of d

Govt rolls out SARTHAQ for NEP 2020 implementation

In pursuance of the goals and objectives of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and to assist States and UTs in this task, the Department of School Education and Literacy has developed an indicative and suggestive implementation plan for School Education called ‘Stud

NITI Aayog launches the version 2.0 of India Energy Dashboard

Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; and Dr Rakesh Sarwal, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog in the presence of Secretaries from Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas,

Visionary talk with Prithviraj Chavan, On the need for vaccination & Maha Political volcano



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter