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Discuss in what possible ways Anganwadi centres (AWCs) could become agents of improved delivery of ICDS’s services.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

6. Discuss in what possible ways Anganwadi centres (AWCs) could become agents of improved delivery of ICDS’s services. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express 

Why the question:

The column from The Hindu brings to us the niche role that the Anganwadi centres (AWCs) can play in addressing the gaps of ICDS services in the country.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in what possible ways Anganwadi centres (AWCs) could become agents of improved delivery of ICDS’s services.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by explaining the fact that the economic fallout of COVID-19 makes the necessity of quality public welfare services more pressing than ever.

Body:

Begin with the explanation of ICDS; The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme that caters to the nutrition, health and pre-education needs of children till six years of age as well as the health and nutrition of women and adolescent girls is one such scheme.

Bring out the lacunae and loopholes in the system that has led to compromised delivery of services.

Highlight the possible role that Anganwadi centres (AWCs) could play to become agents of improved delivery of ICDS’s services.

Conclusion:

Take hints from the article and suggest solutions.