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The functions of the department is to run institutions for the welfare of the women and children in need and to take care of the legal & empowerment issues relating to women and children. Through ICDS program services (The ICDS programme has been universalized through out the State with 387 Projects in all.)are rendered through the Anganwadi Centers by implementing supplementary nutrition program, Pre-school education,Immunization, Health Check ups, referal services, & health & nutrition education.ORGANIZATIONAL SETUP:-
The Department is headed by Commissioner / Director at the State Head Quarters who is assisted by 2 Joint Directors, 3 Deputy Directors, 5 Assistant Directors, 2 Accounts Officers, 2 Assistant Accounts Officers with 18 Sections on different subjects of Women Development and Child Welfare.
There are Six Regional Joint Directors / Regional Deputy Directors in Six Zones with Headquarters at Visakhapatnam, Eluru, Ongole, Kurnool, Warangal and Hyderabad who are in overall supervision for implementation of various Welfare programmes for Women and Children in their respective zones. The jurisdiction of each Region is extended from three to six Districts.B.PROJECT DIRECTORS OFFICE - District level:-
At District Level, Project Director, Women and Child Development Agency (Asst. Director Level) is over all in charge of the Institutions of the Department, Departmental Activities and ICDS Projects. She is assisted by Asst. Project Officer to look after the Institutions, Programmes meant for Child Protection and social issues and an Extension Officer to assist in implementation of Schemes meant for Protecting Women’s Rights and Women Empowerment.C. PROJECTS
In each erstwhile Block one ICDS Project is functioning. The Project is headed by CDPO. The CDPO is in charge of implementation of all ICDS Services, Social and Empowerment issues Women and Children in 3 to 4 Mandals in the Project area. She is assisted by 5 to 8 Supervisors depending on No. of AWCs sanctioned in the Project. 387 ICDS Projects are functioning in the State.MONITORING MECHANISM OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department has prescribed a Monthly Progress Report for collecting the report on coverage of beneficiaries in all the Anganwadi Centers (AWCs) under each service. It has set state level goals on four major parameters and these parameters are being reviewed every quarter. The information on the schemes, programmes of the Department are being enlightened by printing of books / UMS / pamphlets for the information of the public and for necessary intervention monitoring by external agencies on selected services is taken up periodically.
The periodical reviews with District Officers are being conducted at the State Level. At the Regional Level the Regional Deputy Director reviews the progress on implementation of Programmes of the Project Directors on 5th of every month. At the District Level, the Project Directors will review with CDPOs on 3rd of every month. The CDPOs review with Supervisors at the Sector on 1st of every month. The Supervisors take up review with AWWs at the Mandal Level between 28th and 30th of every month. The review by the reviewing Officer is conducted on targets set and achievements of all ICDS services with both Physical and Financial, the shortfalls and backlogs if any at any level will be taken note off and set right by frequent monitoring.
Under IT initiatives, Computers are installed in Head office and provided with Local Area Network (LAN Connectivity). Computers are provided to (6) Regional Deputy Directors Offices, 23 Project Directors Offices and 385 Project Offices with Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity. All the budget releases and collection of expenditure, reports on various schemes etc., is being secured by LAN / WAN. To implement the RTI Act a separate section is established in the Head Office.
To simplify the reporting and monitoring system, to capture the correct data, to facilitate effective monitoring and implementation of the scheme, the Department in consultation with IT Department proposes to introduce a GMIS in ICDS.
The Pilot Project is proposed to be implemented in Parvathipuram Revenue Division in Vizianagaram, Kurnool Division in Kurnool District, Secunderabad Division in Hyderabad and complete Districts of Nizamabad and Warangal.