Landmark Supreme Court order on ICDS: On December 13, the Supreme Court issued a landmark interim order on the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the only Central Government scheme for young children and infants. The Court has ordered Chief Secretaries of many states to appear personally before the court to explain why they have not implemented the Court's earlier orders on the ICDS. In that context Chief Secretaries of the State of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh shall appear personally to explain why the orders of this Court requiring the full implementation of the ICDS scheme were not obeyed. This is one of the Court's most positive orders in the 'Right to Food' case since it was initiated in 2001.
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