World Bank Assisted Integrated Child Development Services III Project (ICDS)
In continuation of Tamil Nadu Integrated Nutrition Project II (TINP) government of India gave their approval to implement the ICDS scheme with effect from 1st January 1998 in all the 318 Blocks for a period of 5 years. Specific objectives of World Bank Assisted ICDS III Project are,
Improve nutrition, health and psycho-social status of 0-6 years of age with particular emphasis in preventing malnutrition in under 3 years and improve child care practices at the house hold level.
Improve nutrition and health of women particularly pregnant and lactating mothers and adolescent girls and changing attitude and creating desirable changes in several health and nutrition behavioral issues. Pre-school education is one of the major activities of this scheme. Monitoring and evaluation of the project at various levels is performed regularly.
The Government of Tamil Nadu is entrusted with the task of providing services for the development of children found in difficult circumstances and the girls and women requiring care, treatment and rehabilitation. This includes institutional and non-institutional services. The Department is also involving the non-governmental organisation in all programs to ensure protection of the rights of the children and for their congenial development.
The Director of Social Defence is the coordinator for the non-governmental organization implementing programs for drug abuse control and prevention, funded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
Women and girls in moral danger