Maternity scheme antargat 6000 rupee nakshe by narendra modi

It is a conditional cash transfer scheme applicable to pregnant and lactating women of ages 19 and above for up to 2 living children. The scheme originally provided Rs 4,000 to each beneficiary through her aanganwadi centre, in all districts selected for the pilot project. 

All women are eligible, unless they have already received paid leave and maternity benefits from their employers in the private or government sector. The scheme is aimed at arresting high maternal mortality rates by encouraging institutional delivery and ensuring proper nutrition for the mother and child. It is also meant to offset wage losses suffered by women due to pregnancy, and is especially important for women in the unorganised sector, who make up 90% of the country’s female workforce. Fear of losing wages often forces women in the informal sector to work through pregnancy and immediately thereafter, to the detriment of their and their babies’ — who require at least 6 months of regular breastfeeding — health.

And why has the scheme gone from being a targeted to a universal one?

Section 4 (b) of the National Food Security Act, which came into force on September 10, 2013, states that every pregnant and lactating mother would be entitled to “maternity benefit of not less than Rupees six thousand”. On September 27 that year, the maternity benefit under the IGMSY was enhanced to Rs 6,000 in the 53 districts where it was ongoing. But universal implementation was not supported by commensurate Budget allocations. In 2015, PUCL went to Supreme Court against the flawed implementation of the Food Security law.

As per the UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2014, India recorded the highest number of maternal deaths in the preceding year, and accounted for 17% of global deaths due to pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications (some 50,000 of 2.89 lakh such deaths worldwide).

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