Name of the Department: Cooch Behar District ICDS Cell, Women & Child Development and Social Welfare Department

Children are the future human resource of the country. Women & Child Development and Social Welfare Department is implementing various Schemes for welfare, development and protection of children. ICDS is Launched on 2nd October, 1975, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme is one of the largest flagship program of the Government. The beneficiaries under the Scheme are children in the age group of 0-6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Objectives of the Scheme are :

  • to Improve the Nutritional & Health status of the Children below age of 6 yrs.
  • to lay the foundation for Psychological, Physical & Social Development of the Child
  • to reduce the incidence of Mortality, Morbidity, Malnutrition & School Dropouts
  • to achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development; and
  • to enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.

The District ICDS Cell is primarily concerned with the implementation of schemes related to children in the age group of 0-6 years, adolescent girls as well as pregnant and lactating women. In addition to these initiatives, District ICDS Cell is concerned with the monitoring, evaluation and supervision of programmes concerning early childhood care and nutrition programmes. It is also responsible for implementation of the Scheme for Adolescent Girls- Kanyasree Prakolpo (SAG-KP) Convergence Program under umbrella ICDS.

The Dist ICDS Cell executes the programmes in coordination with the Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) in charge of the ICDS projects at the block level. At the village level, there are the Anganwadi Workers, closely guided by Lady Supervisors who monitor clusters of Anganwadi Centres and report to the CDPOs.

In Cooch Behar District, there are 20(twenty) ICDS Projects with 4188 Anganwadi Centres covering all the 12 Blocks as well as 6(six) Municipalities of this district. The present numbers of sanctioned as well as the functioning AWCs are furnished in the table below:

Sl No. Name of the ICDS Project Name of the CDPO Contact No. No. of Anganwadi Centre Sanctioned No. of Anganwadi Centre operational
1 Tufanganj-I Prabir Ghosh 8927800207 179 179
2 Tufanganj-I Addl. Prabir Ghosh 8927800207 192 192
3 Cooch Behar-II Bidur Ch. Roy 8927800286 268 268
4 Cooch Behar-II Addl. Bidur Ch. Roy 8927800286 212 212
5 Mathabhanga-II Nilratan Halder 8927800205 164 164
6 Mathabhanga-II Addl. Nilratan Halder 8927800205 181 181
7 Dinhata-I Robin Tamang 8927800196 223 223
8 Dinhata-I Addl. Robin Tamang 8927800196 206 206
9 Tufanganj-II Prabir Ghosh 8927800207 171 171
10 Tufanganj-II Addl. Prabir Ghosh 8927800207 132 132
11 Mekhliganj Jagadish Roy 8927800199 275 275
12 Haldibari Pritam Santra 8927800198 242 242
13 Mathabhanga-I Nilratan Halder 8927800205 176 176
14 Mathabhanga-I Addl. Nilratan Halder 8927800205 167 167
15 Sitai Loknath Dey 8927800231 229 229
16 Sitalkuchi Sanjoy Saha 8927800206 304 304
17 Dinhata-II Durlav Mandal 8927800197 190 190
18 Dinhata-II Addl. Durlav Mandal 8927800197 166 166
19 Cooch Behar-I Akherul Rahaman 8927800195 255 255
20 Cooch Behar-I Addl. Akherul Rahaman 8927800195 256 256
  Total 4188 4188

Address: Office of the District Magistrate

District ICDS Cell

P.O.& Dist. Cooch Behar

E-mail: dpo[dot]icds[dot]cbr[at]gmail[dot]com

Office Phone No. 8927800194

Activities/Services offered by the Department under umbrella ICDS:-

(A)- The ICDS Scheme offers a package of 6(six) services:-

  • Supplementary Nutrition Programme
  • Health Check-up
  • Immunisation Programme
  • Referral services, and
  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Nutrition & Health Education.
The delivery of services to the beneficiaries is as follows:
Services Target Group Service provided by
(i) Supplementary Nutrition Children below 6 years, Pregnant & Lactating Mothers (P&LM) Anganwadi Worker and Anganwadi Helper
(ii) Immunization*

Children below 6 years,

Pregnant & Lactating Mothers (P&LM)

ANM/MO [Health functionaries]
(iii) Health Check-up*

Children below 6 years,

Pregnant & Lactating Mothers (P&LM)


[AWW & Health functionaries]

(iv) Referral Services

Children below 6 years,

Pregnant & Lactating Mothers (P&LM)


[AWW &Health functionaries]

(v) Pre-School Education Children 3-6 years AWW
(vi) Nutrition & Health Education Women (15-45 years)


[AWW &Health functionaries]

(B). Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG)-Kanyashree Prakalpa (KP) Convergence Programme:-

The programme targets 11-18 years adolescent girls, both in school and out of school, to provide comprehensive services that include life skills, health and nutrition, reproductive and sexual health, mainstreaming out of school girls into formal and non-formal education and importantly, provision of vocational training for girls aged 16 and above.

  • Realizing the multi-dimensional needs of out of school pre adolescent girls (11-14) years and with an aim to motivate these girls to join school system, GoI approved implementation of restructured Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG), previously known as SABLA.
  • Kanyashree Prakalpa is a flagship of State Government Scheme whose target group is 13 to 18 school going adolescent girls with an objective of facilitating continued education of the girls.
  • Considering the common objectives of these two schemes for the adolescent girls, Dept. of Women and Child Development & Social Welfare under GoWB is implementing SAG-KP Convergence Program as one adolescent girls empowerment program for the age group of 11-18 years, using ICDS platform.

The objectives of the SAG- KP convergence programme are follows.

  • Enable the adolescent girls for self-development and empowerment.
  • Improve the nutrition and health status of AGs.
  • Promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH), family welfare and child care.
  • Upgrade their life skills, home-based skills and vocational skills
  • Support out of school AGs to successful transition back to formal schooling or bridge learning or skill training.
  • Provide information/guidance about existing public service such as Primary Health Centre, Rural Hospitals/ CHC, Post Office, Bank, Police Station etc.

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