Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said in Lok Sabha that there has been 50 per cent cut in the budget for Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and other areas of her Ministry in the 2015-16 budget.

"The budget cut in the Ministry is like any other areas in the government. I and the Health Minister will meet the Finance Minister soon after the Parliament session is over and request him to enhance our budgetary allocation," she cited during question.

As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was sitting in the House, opposition members demanded that he should make a statement on the budget cut of an important ministry which deals with welfare of children and women.

Gandhi sought ICDS scheme provides an integrated package of six services comprising of supplementary nutrition, pre-school non-formal education, nutrition and health education, immunisation, health check up and referral services.

However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not pay any heed to the demand of the opposition members.

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