The state government of Telangana is planning to introduce a special kind of scheme for pregnant women. Through this scheme, the government will provide a financial assistance of Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,000 to pregnant women. However, the proposal is still on the table of Chief Minister, once the scheme get approval, it will be launched in state in upcoming budget.
Medical and Health department is currently collecting the data on the number of pregnancies in the state. The reason behind the scheme is that during pregnancy, most of the women will be out of work due to which family’s income reduce for one year. Providing cash to pregnant women will help them to get good food for healthy baby and it will also support the family.
An amount of Rs. 15,000 would be given to pregnant women in four installments. After the launch of such scheme in Tamil Nadu, the central government has also sanctioned Rs. 6,000 per woman.
Distributing cash to pregnant women is not a new scheme, earlier the name of the scheme was Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) and it had also the same target. However, the benefits of the scheme will only be given to institutional deliveries and families who belongs to BPL (below poverty line) category of the society.
According to the detailed information from the sources, there are currently 2.5 lakh deliveries being carried out in government hospitals. If the state government decided to give Rs 20,000 per pregnant women, the cost to the exchequer would be Rs. 500 crore per year.