A special intervention for adolescent girls called SAG was devised in the year 2010 using the ICDS infrastructure with an aim at breaking the inter-generational life-cycle of nutritional and gender disadvantage thus providing a supportive environment for self-development of adolescent girls.
The key objective of the scheme is to facilitate, educate and empower AGs so as to enable them to become self-reliant and aware citizens. The scheme has the following objectives –
1. Enable the AGs for self-development and empowerment.
2. Improve their nutrition and health status.
3. Promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition.
4. Support out of school AG to successfully transition back to formal schooling or bridge learning / skill training.
5. Provide information/guidance about existing public services such as Primary Health Centers, Rural Hospitals etc
SAG being implemented in 205 districts shall be expanded in phased manner. The pattern of phased expansion will be as under -
Phase-1: In 2017-18, the scheme will be extended with revised financial norms to additional 303 high burden districts identified under NNM.
Phase-2: In 2018-19, the scheme will be extended with revised financial norms to all the districts of the country.
List of 205 districts is at Annexure-I. List of 303 districts selected for expansion of the scheme in 2017-18 is at Annexure-II. KSY will be phased out with the expansion of SAG.
The Scheme will cover out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years. The out of school girls in the age group of 11+ to 14 years, are entitled for supplementary nutrition under the scheme they will also receive life skills education, nutrition and health education, awareness about socio-legal issues, existing public services etc. The scheme aims at motivating out of school girls to go back to formal schooling or vocational /skill training under non-nutrition component of the scheme.
The scheme will be implemented through existing Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
A package of services would be given to adolescent girls is as under -
1. Nutrition provision
2. Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation
3. Health check-up and Referral services
4. Nutrition & Health Education (NHE)
5. Mainstreaming out of school girls to join formal schooling, bridge course /skill training
6. Life Skill Education, home management etc.