May 19, 2017

Govt. Halves Spending On Maternity Benefit Programme

Maternity Benefit

On May 17, The Modi government virtually halved the number of beneficiaries under its Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP) by restricting the scheme to firstborns instead of 'first two live births' as applicable earlier.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced pan-India expansion of the existing Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana, which was being implemented across 56 districts on a pilot-basis since 2010. The Scheme was applicable for the first two live births.

On May 17, in a meeting, the Cabinet decided that eligible pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM) will now receive Rs. 6,000 in nearly all blocks and districts of the country for improving their health and nutrition status. The scheme seeks to bring down maternal mortality.

Pregnant women and lactating mothers are eligible to receive a cash benefit of Rs. 5,000 in three installments through direct benefit transfer from the women and child development ministry.

The mother will receive the initial Rs. 1,000 after early registration of pregnancy, Rs. 2,000 after at least one antenatal check-up (after six months of pregnancy), and Rs. 2,000 after registration of child birth and confirmation that the newborn has received the first cycle of BCG, OPV, DPT and Hepatitis-B or its equivalent/substitute vaccination.

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