Majority of children in India have under privileged childhoods starting from birth. The infant mortality rate of Indian children is 44 and the under five mortality rate is 93 and 25% of new born children are underweight among other nutritional, immunisation and educational deficiencies of children in India. Figure for India are substantially worse than the country average. Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) was launched in 1975 in accordance to the ‘National Policy for Children’ in India. Over the years it has grown into one of the largest integrated family and community welfare schemes in the world. ICDS Project is one of the most innovative functional programmes of Government of India implemented throughout the country aiming at the children and their mother for their holistic development, through the State Government Agencies. Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad, perhaps the first Non-Governmental Agency, was entrusted the taks of running the ICDS Project. Parishad started Burtala ICDS Project in the North Kolkata area. The project is functioning at 18 municipal wards through 117 Anganwadi Centres, serving 91,966 members. The main objective of the scheme is to look after mother and the child as an inseparable link, as the ultimate development of the child is always dependant on the sound health of his/her mother. The beneficiaries are mainly pregnant & lactating women. Children from birth to 6 years of age and 10 years to 19 years adolescence girls (out of school), belonging to the lower rung of the socio economic group. The main theme of this scheme is to improve the health & nutritional status of children from birth to 6 years of age, as they are the future citizen of our country, to lay the foundation of their physical and cognitive development, to lower the incidence of child mortality, morbidity and arrange to eradicate/reduce malnutrition among the children and also to guard against school dropout.

Total No of centre sanctioned : 125
Total No of centre reporting : 117
Child Population (Birth to 6years) : 6314
Mother Pregnant : 286
Mother Nursing : 391
Pre-school Boys (3 – 6 years) : 784
Pre-school Girls (3 – 6 years) : 788

The goals are fulfilled at the AWCs through well-co-ordinated programme and activities :

  1. Pregnant and lactating mothers and children in the age group of 6 months to 6 years are served cooked food (Khichuri/rice and egg curry) for 300days in a year as supplementary nutrition. They also get “ChatuSarbat” for 3days and 1/2boiled egg for another 3days as morning snacks.
  2. As a measure to monitor growth, the children are weighed once in a month to assess their nutritional status. During the reporting period, the weight of 3167children have been routinely documented.
  3. The children are immunized timely to prevent major child killer disease to combat against morbidity and prevent malnutrition caused due to these disease. Children in the age group of 6 months to 5 years are provided with iron folifer syrup to prevent anaemia.
  4. Children in the age group of 3 years to 6 years, come to anganwadi centres, where they stay for 3 hours to go through non formal pre-school education (with play materials, toys, songs, dances and other allied activities etc.). Education is made attractive and delightful to them so that they can enjoy themselves. In the process, they evince interest and develop confidence for formal schooling. This ensures to minimize the incidence of school dropout.
  5. Through Mother’s meetings and home visits, women in the age group of 15 years to 45 years are sensitised about health, nutrition and child care. During the year, 1276 numbers of mother meeting were held.
  6. Each centre is provided with a Medical Kit. The medicines are used for minor ailments. AWWs are periodically trained for use and administration of these medicines.
  7. Our Medical officer and ANMs visit the centres at regular intervals where they give health advices to mothers. Free Health check-up is also done for mothers and children.
  8. “Sabla” is a government initiative followed in this project to empower adolescent girls in the age group of 10 to 19 years, who do not go to school. These girls are provided with basic health and nutrition education and are trained at various life skill activities. ‘KishoriDiwas’ is observed once in every three months, where they undergo health check up by Medical Officer. To combat anaemia, Iron and Folic Acid tablets are distributed every Saturday. Each centre conducts a ‘Sabla’ meeting every month. During the year, 1020 of such meetings were held in 117 AWCs covering 5100 adolescent girls. Every AWC has at least one “KishoriSomuha”. During the year 330 adolescent girls (1 Sakhi and 2 Sahelis from each KishoriSumuha) were trained in 10 venues by CINI (Child In Need Institution).
  9. Self Help Group for women is another venture of this project. At present, there are 6 groups with 92 members. Money is deposited once in a month and easy business loans are made available to the members at low rates of interest to engage them and become self-dependant.
  10. Since 1993, Early Detection of Childhood Disability has been a prime endeavour of this project. The activities include early detection, management and rehabilitation of special category of mentally retarded children. From April 2011, Sangam Project a joint venture of LSP, Ramakrishna Mission and Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) has been working in Burtala project area. Their activities include periodical site visit, training, awareness programme and distribution of aids. In the year 2017-18, 12 site visits were made in which 66 disable cases were screened out. Furniture, special chair, special shoes, gaiters financial help in medical ground among six handicapped children according to their need at free of cost. One awareness camp was held and four Niramay Health Insurance Cards were distributed amongst 4 disabled children. Three training programme was conducted during this year.

Immunisation Vaccination : Immunisation against preventable disease are undertaken meticulously in the project area by proper planning and effective supervision by the project staff, Medical Officer, with the main purpose to reduce the child mortality as well morbidity.

Vaccine for immunisation Number of Child covered
BCG 1150
OPV 3553
Pentavalent (DPD+Hep-B+Hib) (1st dose)   3553
(2nd dose)
(3rd dose)
Measles (1st dose) 1042
Vitamin A Oil 1042
Booter dose D.P.T 1541
O.P.V 1541
D.P.T. (5 years) 451
T.T. (10 years) 1105
T.T. (16 years) 981
FIPV 1st dose 1150
FIPV 2nd dose 1541
JE 2nd dose 1541
Vit A in oil by annual supplementation 2215

Health Check-up conducted by Medical Officer and ANM of the project 0 to 3years : (male-2525, Female 2675) 3 years to 6 years : (male-2892, Female 3025) Pregnant Mother : 1865 Lactating Mother : 1861 Health Check up by RBSK Health screening of children of the Burtala Project under borough III in the financial year 2017-18 have been done twice. The total screened children were approx. 9050. Referral Services 103 children and 81 mothers have been referred to various hospitals for treatment. Family Welfare Activities Mala N Distribution : 2964 Nirodh Distribution : 39660 Nutrition Status


Total weight taken


Moderately Acute Malnutrition (MAM)


Severely Acute Malnutrition (SAM)


GRD (Grouth related disorder)


The undernoted activities were undertaken during the period under report No. of Kishori Meetings held  : 1100 No. of Kishori participated  : 7700 Observance of KishoriDiwas  : 42 No. of Kishoriattended  : 3000 No. of Kanyashree beneficiary : 1160 No. of WIFS tablets distribution : 16609 Awareness programme by CINI are conducted on child protection 5 Awareness meeting Undernoted important national and international days are observed in order to sensitise the beneficiaries. a) World breast feeding & Hand wash b) Nutritional Nutritional Day c) World disable Day d) World AIDs Day Training programme conducted Refresher Course for AWWs and Helpers on-going basis. 2 CSR Programme have been launched by AmbujaNeotia Group (Nutritional Programme) for severelymalnourished child 0 to 5 years around 59 children have been covered under this programme. Another CSR programme,JyotiBasu Memorial Foundation (Education Programme) has provided Pre-school kits and also one school bag with water bottle to 20 children of each ICDS centres. This programme was initiated on and from December 2017. In this way, 200children of around 10 centres have been provided with various necessary goods (Pre-school materials) every month and this has made every child motivated to attend schools and made the children attentive in their study. 30 years celebration of Burtala ICDS held in the month of April starting from 20th April 2017 to 23rd April 2017 at Hedua Park, Kolkata-700006. The programme was inaugurated by Secretary, Swami SarvalokanandajiMaharaj, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur. Exhibition was inaugurated by Mr.SadhanPandey, Honourable minister of Consumers’ Affairs and Self Help Group, Government of West Bengal. In the evening cultural programme was held by Anganwadi Workers and children from Anganwadi Centre. On 22nd April a discussion was held on the topic “Importance of thousand days before the birth of Child”. The programme was presided by Dr.SashiPanja, Honourable minister, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of West Bengal. The discussion was enriched by renowned speakers. In the evening cultural programme was held by outside artist and by Anganwadi worker. On 23rd April seminar was conducted on this topic Topic was discussed by ProbrajicaDebapranaMataji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission NiveditaVidyalaya, Kolkata and ProbrajicaNirvadpranaMataji, Sri Sarada Math, Dakshinneswar. Smt. GouriDhar, Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad, Narendrapur also participated in the discussion. The programme was to end after cultural programme and valedictory speech was delivered by Swami StavapriyanandajiMaharaj, Joint Director, Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad, Narendrapur. Vote of thanks delivered by Smt. Krishna Roy, Supervior, Burtala ICDS Project, Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad, Narendrapur. Programme ended with a closing song on Thakur, Ma and Swamiji.