Why is the ICDS ridden with Problems?

According to the National Family Health Survey the number of underweight children under three increased in Assam from 36% in 1998-99 to 40.4% in 2005-06, while the number of women with a bodymass index below normal rose from 27.1% to 36.5% during the same period. Anemia increased about 10% in both pregnant women and very young children from 1998-99 to 2005-06 to 72% and 76.7% respectively. In one of the few positive signs, stunting in children under three saw a decline from 50.2% to 34.8% during this time.




In UP, malnutrition figures have not only persisted, but they have also been mired in
controversies. In 2012, the state's decision to award a Rs 10,000 crore contract for three years to Great Value Food, a company owned by slain industrialist Ponty Chadha, for supplying food for the Supplementary Nutrition Programme came under the scanner. The awarding of this contract had gone against the Supreme Court orders of 2004, which mandated that only self-help groups, Mahila Mandals, village communities and village-based industries could be awarded contracts for supplying food for the nutrition programme.
The Central Government had sanctioned Rs. 569.96 crores for the construction of 14,938 Anganwadi Centres in the State of Orissa in 2010. But even by 2014, only 905 buildings had been constructed or identified for the same. Also, in Ranpur Block of Nayagarh District, 7 children eating mid-day meals in a dilapidated building died on 9 July 2012 due to the wall collapsing. This fact was cited in a PIL filed by RTI activist Pradip Pradhan filed in the Orissa High Court. The PIL sought direction for setting up of a State-level Monitoring Committee for utilization of Central Government funds for building Anganwadi Centres in the State. Meanwhile, the condition of the Workers is also not satisfactory.
It is clear that there is not only a lack of will but also large-scale corruption in the 
implementation of the scheme and no mechanism for monitoring it. Contractors are still looting the ICDS despite SC directive against contractual system. 

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