New Delhi: The government on Thursday clarified that it has no immediate plan to introduce direct cash transfers in Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
Under ICDS, supplementary nutrition is provided through take home ration (THR) to children aged between 6 and 36 months, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Children 3-6 years are provided hot cooked meals at the Anganwadi centres.
The hot cooked meals will continue for the age group of 3 to 6 years,, a statement issued by the government said.
The government is exploring the possibility of conditional cash transfer in lieu of THR in select districts as a pilot. A final decision is yet to be taken.
The statement was issued as a clarification to “factually incorrect" media reports on cash transfers in ICDS and making Aadhaar mandatory for people to receive benefits under the programme of the ministry of women & child development.
The government reiterated that no one will be denied the benefits under the scheme for want of the Aadhaar unique identity numbers.
“It has also been provided that till Aadhaar number is assigned to such individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification. For example, under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, the Anganwadis have been asked to collect the Aadhaar number of the children beneficiaries and in case a child does not have Aadhaar, the ICDS functionary will be required to provide enrolment facilities to her and till Aadhaar number is assigned to her the benefits will be continued to be given to her,"added the statement.