A statement issued by the press information bureau states that as per schematic norms of the ICDS scheme, the Union government is responsible for the planning and policy issues whereas state governments are responsible for the implementation of the scheme. The reasons for huge vacancies are largely due to administrative, procedural and legal delays in filling-up of vacant posts by the state governments.
Union ministry of women and child development has repeatedly impressed upon the state government administration to take all required measures for early filling up of vacant posts. This matter is also pursued from time to time with state administration in meetings held for finalizing the Annual Programme Implementation Plan (APIP), the statement said.Meanwhile in order to enhance the quality of services provided under Integrated Child Protection Schemes (ICPS), the union ministry of women and child development has revised the financial norms of the scheme with effect from April 1. ICPS is being implemented by ministry from 2009-10 with the objective of creating a safe and secure environment for children in conflict with law as well as children in need of care and protection.