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36,166 benefit from ?Zanani Suraksha?

AS MANY as 36,166 pregnant women have been benefited so far by the `Zanani Suraksha Yojana? being implemented by the State Government with a view to encouraging institutionalised deliveries.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 15:24 IST

AS MANY as 36,166 pregnant women have been benefited so far by the `Zanani Suraksha Yojana’ being implemented by the State Government with a view to encouraging institutionalised deliveries.

According to an official press release issued today, the scheme which was being implemented from Independence Day 2005 onwards aimed at encouraging institutionalised delivery, to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.

Under this scheme, all pregnant women belonging to below the poverty line status and having less than two children are eligible to be beneficiaries.  In case of two living children, the benefit of the scheme is given at the time of next delivery, when the beneficiary herself or her husband is ready to undergo family planning operation after the delivery.

Women beneficiaries of rural areas and urban areas are eligible to receive Rs 700 and Rs 600 respectively as the transport expenditure.

The amount is paid in one installment after the delivery.  In addition to this, free services like examination, treatment, delivery, and in case of operation vaccination, care of the mother and child after delivery and family welfare services are made available to mothers. 

Persons encouraging the institutionalised delivery are paid Rs 600 in the rural area and Rs 200 in the urban area per beneficiary.

Similarly, benefits of transport and treatment are given to all pregnant mothers of Scheduled Castes and Tribes and of the general category living below the poverty line with effect from September 25, 2004 in all the districts in the State.

In order to encourage delivery in institutions, financial help is given to pregnant mothers coming to Government hospitals for delivery. 

In such a case, Rs 300 are paid to the pregnant woman for her delivery in the Government hospital and Rs 200 to the person encouraging her. Other services are also provided to pregnant women free of cost. So far 90,492 beneficiary women have been benefited under the scheme for transport and treatment.

There has been 25 per cent increase in the number of people who have accessed the scheme during a period of one and a half years, the release added.