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8 lakh pregnant women in Maharashtra to get monetary support this year

Every women registered at a government hospital will be eligible for Rs5,000, which will be given in three phases

mumbai Updated: Nov 21, 2017 23:22 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
Benefits under the scheme will not be extended to women on paid maternal leave (Representational photo )

The Maharashtra government has decided to implement Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, a maternity benefit programme introduced by the centre to bring down maternal and infant mortality rate by providing cash of Rs 5,000 to pregnant women. The decision taken by the state cabinet on Tuesday is likely to befit about eight lakh women this year. The scheme provides monetary benefits to women for wage-loss owing to childbirth, childcare, safe delivery and good nutrition during pregnancy.

“The benefits of the scheme will be available to women registered at the government hospitals for pregnancy,” said Dr Deepak Sawant, state public health minister.

The monetary help will be given in three phases. However, those on paid maternal leave will not be eligible for the scheme. The state government has made provision of Rs140 crore, as part of its 40% share. The rest of the expenses will be borne by the Centre, said Sawant

Maharashtra ranks third, after Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in terms of low infant mortality. As per 2016 statistics, the mortality rate in the state has come down to 19 deaths per 1,000 births. The rate dropped from 24 deaths per thousand births in 2013 to 22 in 2014, 21 in 2015.

The maternal mortality rate of the state has also come down to 61 in 2016-17. In 2004-06 it was 130 against 1,00,000 live births and by 2011-13 it was reduced to 68.

First Published: Nov 21, 2017 23:22 IST