ICDS-CAS (Common Application Software) has been specially designed to strengthen the Service Delivery System as well as the mechanism for Real Time Monitoring (RTM) for nutritional outcomes.
Briefing the media on the upcoming Poshan Abhiyaan TECH-THON, WCD Secretary Rakesh Srivastava said that it looks at improving the nutrition outcomes through effective monitoring, timely intervention and also act as a fact-based decision-making tool.
He said that the seminar is being organised to showcase and orient the environment towards the initiative, exchange ideas and to explore avenues of cooperation and partnerships for technology support, as well as, reaching-out to the beneficiaries for effective behavioural change to initiate a ‘Jan Andolan’ towards nutrition.
Srivastava said that Convergence and use of Technology are the two hallmarks of Poshan Abhiyaan. He said that currently 550 districts have been covered under the abhiyaan. To ensure a holistic approach, all 36 States/UTs and 718 districts will be covered in a phased manner by the year 2020.
WCD Joint Secretary and Mission Director for Poshan Abhiyaan, Dr Rajesh Kumar shared details about the working of ICDS-CAS through a presentation. By the year 2020, the application will be rolled out across 14 lakh anganwadis and impact 10 crore beneficiaries.
It is currently the largest e-nutrition and health programme in the world having 1.1 lakh data entry devices with frontline functionaries across 7 States (Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh) enabling a footprint of 95 lakh plus beneficiaries.
The Poshan Abhiyaan empowers the frontline functionaries i.e. anganwadi workers and lady supervisors by providing them with smartphones.
The Common Application Software (ICDS-CAS) especially developed for this purpose enables data capture, ensures assigned service delivery and prompts for interventions wherever required. This data is then available in near real time to the supervisory staff from sector, block, district, state to national level through a dashboard, for monitoring.
Poshan Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) was launched by the Prime Minister Modi on March 08. The programme through use of technology, targeted approach and convergence strives to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth weight in children, as also, focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers, thus holistically addressing malnutrition.
Leading experts from a range of fields will be present to lead panel discussions and share insights on addressing avenues of cooperation and partnerships for technology support.
The WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi and Minister of State for WCD, Dr Virendra Kumar will be present in the Seminar. Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog will inaugurate the Seminar and launch the Jan Andolan guidelines of Poshan Abhiyaan. Approximately 300 participants are expected to grace the seminar.
An exhibition will also be organised showcasing the technology and other materials of Poshan Abhiyaan in the gallery of Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra.