Maternity scheme benefits 23.6 lakh

The Pradhan Manthri Matru Vandana Yojana or the maternity benefit scheme has provided cash incentives to 22.6 lakh people out of an estimated 51.6 lakh a year. This scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet in May 2017 and was to be implemented from September.

Under the scheme, monetary benefits are given to all pregnant women and lactating mothers for the birth of their first child. They would receive Rs 6,000/each in three instalments as partial compensation for wage loss, to reduce maternal mortality and malnutrition levels in children.