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Training prog for master trainers under way
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 31 - The ICDS-CAS (Common Application Software) master trainers’ training programme for supervisors and officials of Poshan Abhiyan got under way in Hailakandi district.

 The training programme will be held in two batches at the Officers’ Club and meeting hall of Joint Director of Health Services.

It is being jointly conducted by the District Project Management Unit, Poshan and Social Welfare Department. In all, 70 supervisors of five ICDS projects and officials, including block coordinators of Poshan are undergoing training.

District Coordinator Rajat Chakraborty informed that in the course of the training, resource persons would share details about the working of ICDS-CAS, roles and responsibilities of master trainers, how to use Google Indic Keyboard, AWW App and smart phone, among others. Evaluation and field visits will also be conducted.

ICDS-CAS has been specially designed to strengthen the service delivery system as well as the mechanism for real time monitoring (RTM) for nutritional outcomes.

“It looks at improving the nutrition outcomes through effective monitoring, timely intervention and also acts as a fact-based decision-making tool,” said Chakraborty.

Currently, 550 districts have been covered under the Abhiyan. To ensure a holistic approach, all 36 States/Union Territories and 718 districts will be covered in a phased manner by the year 2020.

After training is over, 1,374 mobile phones will be distributed among the Anganwadi workers.

By the year 2020, the application will be rolled out across 14 lakh Anganwadis and impact 10 crore beneficiaries. It is currently the largest e-nutrition and health programme in the world.

The Poshan Abhiyan empowers the frontline functionaries, i.e., Anganwadi workers and lady supervisors by providing them with smartphones. The common application software especially developed for this purpose enables data capture, ensures assigned service delivery and prompts for interventions wherever required. This data is then available in near real time to the supervisory staff from sector, block, district, state to national level through a dashboard, for monitoring.

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