• The programme was launched in the country in 1970-71. It provides supplementary feeding of about 300 calories and 10 grams of protein to preschool children and about 500 calories and 25 grams of protein to expect at and nursing mothers for six days a week. This programme was operated under Minimum Need Programme. The programme was taken up in rural areas inhibited predominantly by lower socio-economic groups in tribal and urban slums. Fund for nutrition component of ICD programme is taken from the SNP budget.