The National Advisory Council has made a number of recommendations which call for new strategies and reforms that address institutional, programmatic and managerial gaps in the delivery of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme. The recommendations relating to child nutrition inter-alia include Balanced and nutritious diet including proper food and freshly cooked meals; Early Childhood care and development; Growth monitoring; Care of severely malnourished children; Education and counseling; IEC; Convergence through Village-level Fixed Health and Nutrition Days (VFHND); Convergence through community-managed Health, Nutrition and Day-Care Centres (HNDCCs) etc.
These are to be achieved through programmatic, management and institutional reforms in ICDS. While formulating the proposal on strengthening and restructuring of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, the recommendations of National Advisory Council (NAC) have been given due consideration.
This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha