Child Development Schemes (ICDS)
Mission Lokasiksha Parishad was perhaps the first
non-governmental agency to start an ICDS Project in the
metropolitan city of Kolkata. It is the slum development
work undertaken by LSP at Burtala slum area of North
Kolkata. The ICDS Project started in 1986. Initially the
project started in 15 slum areas of North Kolkata
covering 6 municipal words. Presently there are 118
Anganwadi Centres covering 18 municipal wards under
Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
objectives of Burtala ICDS are :
improve the nutritional and health status of the
children of 6 months to 6 years of age.
initiate all-round development of the slum
environment and foster basic education among the
building of the mothers and the community to
adequately handle physical and emotional health of
interventions lower down child mortality and morbidity
and thus diminishing the malnutrition among children and
lower down the incidence of school drop-out.
the aforesaid goal, the following services are provided
immunization against all preventable diseases.
health check-up of the children.
Supplementary nutrition to pregnant and lactating
mothers and children in 6 months to 6 years of age.
Non-formal Pre-school education for 6 days in a week
at the centre.
Services for Critically ill children.
detection of childhood disability.
runs a separate medical unit with a Medical Officer and
4 ANWs. Regular health checkup of the children and
pregnant and lactating mother is done regularly covering
all the Anganwadi Centres. Such services are also
provided to females between the age group of 10 to 19
Through Sishu Sathi Prakalpa health check-up of all our
child beneficiaries, out of school adolescent girls and
pregnant and lactating mothers are done by medical
officers of different boroughs of Kolkata Municipal
'Sabala Programme' is run by the project for the
empowerment of out of school adolescent girls (10 to 19
yrs.) through health and Nutrition Education, life skill
education. 'Kishori Diwas' is observed once in three
Apart from early detection of handicapped children they
are referred to proper plans for treatment and
arrangements are made for availability of aids free of
cost. A Special Education Unit is run at the project by
a supervisor trained in special education for the
mentally retarded children.
Severely malnourished children are screened out and they
are referred to Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres through
'PARASH PROGRAMME' and they undergo indoor treatment and
are now in normal nutritional status.