From December, Karnataka will start using Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) – the Common Application Software (CAS) that will provide real-time information on every child, adolescent or mother in need of care. nutritional intervention in the state.
Announcing this at her first press conference, Minister of Women’s and Children’s Development Shashikala Jolle told reporters on Friday that Karnataka had yet to start using the software, although the state has performed poorly in southern India on various parameters related to nutrition. “The software that was deployed under Poshan Abhiyan in 2017 will be operational in Karnataka from December,” she said.
The software, developed by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to provide real-time information on every child, adolescent or mother in need of nutritional intervention.
The software has already uploaded nearly four lakh anganwadi workers in several states.
In line with the planned implementation of the program, all anganwadi centers are expected to be covered by March 2020.
Responding to questions about malnutrition, the minister said her department would work in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Family Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, and the police to tackle malnutrition. “The number of malnourished children is high because from now on we also consider children with heart and kidney problems to be malnourished. We must work together to fight the discomfort of malnutrition, ”she said.
Promotions and appointments
The minister said 48 Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs), who were recruited by the Karnataka Civil Service Commission (KPSC) last year, had not been assigned.
“We have issued orders to post the CDPOs in various districts. Measures have also been initiated to assign up to 33 assistant CDPOs and 628 female supervisors. The training of 374 supervisors has been completed. Also, 104 agents, who were awaiting promotions, were promoted. This will help streamline administration, ”she added.