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F.No.5-5/2000-CD-I
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: 26-9-2000

GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS SCHEME AS A COMPONENT UNDER CENTRALLY SPONSORED ICDS (GENERAL) SCHEME

Introduction

  1. Adolescence is a crucial phase in the life of woman. At this stage, she stands at the threshold of adulthood. This stage is intermediary between childhood and womanhood and it is the most eventful for mental, emotional and psychological well being. The life-cycle approach for holistic child development remains unaddressed if adolescent girls are excluded from the developmental programmes aimed at human resource development.

  2. For the first time in India, a special intervention was devised for adolescent girls using the ICDS infrastructure. ICDS with its opportunity for childhood development, seeks to reduce both socio-economic and gender inequities. The Adolescent Girls (AG) Scheme under ICDS primarily aimed at breaking the inter-generational life-cycle of nutritional and gender disadvantage and providing a supportive environment for self-development.