ARTICLES OF AN ADVOCATE: SOCIAL WELFARE MEASUREMENTS OF APEX COURT – twelve directions:- 6 (i) The aspect of sanctioning 14 lakhs AWCS and increase of norm of rupee one to rupees two per child per day would be considered by this Court after two weeks. (ii) The efforts shall be made that all SC/ST hamlets/habitations in the country have AWCS as early as possible. (iii) The contractors shall not be used for supply of nutrition in Anganwadis and preferably ICDS funds shall be spent by making use of village communities, self-help groups and Mahila Mandals for buying of grains and preparation of meals. (iv) All State Governments/Union Territories shall put on their website full data for the ICDS schemes including where AWCS are operational, the number of beneficiaries category-wise, the funds allocated and used and other related matters. 7 (v) All State Governments/Union Territories shall use the Pradhanmantri Gramodaya Yojna fund (PMGY) in addition to the state allocation and not as a substitute for State funding. (vi) As far as possible, the children under PMGY shall be provided with good food at the Centre itself. (vii) All the State Governments/Union Territories shall allocate funds for ICDS on the basis of norms of one rupee per child per day, 100 beneficiaries per AWC and 300 days feeding in a year, i.e., on the same basis on which the Centre make the allocation. (viii) BPL shall not be used as an eligibility criteria for ICDS. (ix) All sanctioned projects shall be operationalised and provided food as per these norms and wherever utensils have not been provided, the same shall be provided (Instance of Jharkhand State has been noticed in the Report where 8 utensils have not been provided). The vacancies for the operational ICDS shall be filled forthwith. (Instance of Uttar Pradesh where vacancies have not been filled up is quite alarming though in the affidavit it has been stated that a drive has been initiated to fill up the vacancies). (x) All the State Governments/Union Territories shall utilize the entire State and Central allocation under ICDS/PMGY and under no circumstances, the same shall be diverted and preferably also not returned to the Centre and, if returned, a detailed explanation for non-utilisation shall be filed in this Court. (xi) All State/Union Territories shall make earnest effort to cover the slums under ICDS. (xii) The Central Government and the States/Union Territories shall ensure that all amounts allocated are sanctioned in time so that there 9 is no disruption whatsoever in the feeding of children.