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Dept indifference hits maternity benefit scheme in western Rajasthan

Till June 10, Jaisalmer achieved only 21% of the target under PMMVY, while Barmer achieved 26%

jaipur Updated: Jun 15, 2018 21:47 IST
Mukesh Mathrani
Mukesh Mathrani
Hindustan Times, Barmer
Rajasthan news
The PMMVY aims at providing partial compensation to women against wage loss during their pregnancy.(PTI)

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), the union government’s ambitious maternity benefit scheme, is moving at a snail’s pace in western part of Rajasthan due to apathy of the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) department.

The situation is that Barmer and Jaisalmer districts are placed at the bottom of the list, that is, at 32nd and 33rd position respectively, in implementation of the PMMVY in Rajasthan. Till June 10 this year, Jaisalmer achieved only 21 percent of the allotted target under the scheme, while Barmer achieved 26 percent.

Similarly, among other western districts of Rajasthan, Jalore is at 31st position (30 percent achievement), Pali at 30th (37 percent,) Sirohi at 29th (39 percent), Jodhpur at 27th (42 percent) and Nagaur is at 26th position (42 percent).

PMMVY is an extension of the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY). In December 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to extend IGMSY — then an existing pilot scheme being implemented across 53 districts — across the country. PMMVY was approved by the Union Cabinet in May 2017 and was rolled out the same year in September.

The scheme aims to provide partial compensation to women against wage loss during their pregnancy. Under the scheme, pregnant women and lactating mothers are offered a cash incentive of Rs 5,000 after the birth of their first child to reduce maternal mortality and malnutrition among children. Of the total incentive, Rs 1,000 is provided on registration of the pregnant woman under 150 days of last menstrual period, followed by Rs 2,000 given after anti natal checkup of the woman and Rs 2,000 on delivery and completion of first round of immunisation of child.

While the western districts in Rajasthan are struggling in implementation of PMMVY, Ganganagar and Hanumangarh districts of the state have shown big success. With 103 percent achievement against the allotted target Hanumangarh leads the tally, while Ganganagar stands at second position with 92 percent achievement. The state capital, Jaipur, is on 8th position with 66 percent achievement.

ICDS department’s negligence in Barmer district can be witnessed from the figures that out of the total 3,514 Anganwadi centres, 1,628 centres have not done a single registration under PMMVY. According to the expected target, an average of eight cases would have been registered at each Anganwadi centre in the district.

Against the allotted target of 28,360 cases, the ICDS department in Barmer could able to register only 7,299 cases till June 10. Jaisalmer registered 1,216 cases against the target of 6,656. Similarly, Jalore registered 3,159 cases against 15,072, Pali 4,491 against 14,576, Sirohi 2,574 against 7,472 and Jodhpur registered 7,201 cases against the target of 20,264.

Sati Choudhary, deputy director at ICDS department in Barmer, told HT that her office was not able to achieve the target on time due to remote areas and shortage of staff. “Apart from this, in many cases we are facing problems of documents like Aadhaar card, bank details etc,” she said, adding that she has taken note of the issue and directed the field staff and supervisors to speed up the process.

Refuting ICDS department’s version, Vijay Sharma, a health activist, said that out of total 3,514 Anganwadi centres, merely 5 percent centres are not working. “With such a statement (from Sati Choudhary) the department is trying to hide its failure and negligence,” he said. He claimed that situation of other schemes in the ICDS department were the same and corrupt practices in the department were the reasons behind that.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 21:47 IST