Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana: PM Narendra Modi On 31 December 2016 announced new schemes for poor, senior citizens and women including the Rs. 6000 pregnancy aid scheme. The PMMVY scheme was announced by the Prime Minister as an effort to bring down the maternal mortality rate. Under the scheme, a financial Aid of Rs. 6000 would be provided to pregnant women who undergo institutional delivery for hospital admission.
What is Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana
Matritva Sahyog Yojana is renamed as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) in the Modi’s regime. Union govt. of India started benefiting pregnant women / lactating mothers by providing them with Rs. 6000 financial aid for upto 2 live birth. All the pregnant women and lactating mothers who have their first pregnancy on or after 1 January 2017 can avail PMMVY scheme benefits subject to certain eligibility criteria. The date and stage of pregnancy for a beneficiary would be counted with respect to her LMP date as mentioned in the MCP card. In case of miscarriage of first child, the women can avail rest of the installments during her future pregnancy. However, a beneficiary is eligible to receive the PM Matru Vandana Yojana benefits only once.
Rs. 6000 Pregnancy Aid Scheme – Objective
The main objective of the Rs. 6000 Pregnancy Aid scheme is to bring down the maternal mortality rate by increasing the number of institutional deliveries across the nation. PMMVY scheme is aimed at encouraging institutional deliveries in order to reduce maternal as well as infant mortality. The scheme would be implemented across all the 650 districts of the country.
The financial aid amount of Rs. 6000 will be directly transferred to the saving bank account of pregnant women through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
17% of all maternal deaths in the world occur in India with maternal mortality rate is pegged at 167 per 100,000 live births, whereas infant mortality is estimated at 43 per 1,000 live births. However, these numbers may not sound too high but when comparing to other nations, these are significant. The primary causes of high maternal and infant mortality rate are inadequate medical care during pregnancy and child birth and poor nutrition. The Rs. 6000 being provided under the scheme also sums up for the vaccination and nutritious food during pregnancy.
The pregnancy aid scheme is being implemented in 53 districts on pilot basis where financial assistance is Rs. 4000. Initially launched in 2010, this was the first scheme under Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) to provide conditional financial assistance to pregnant women above the age of 18 years for birth of up to 2 live births.
In the new scheme, the cash benefit has been increased to Rs. 6000 which will be directly transferred to the bank account of the beneficiary pregnant women.
How to Apply for Rs. 6000 Pregnancy Aid Yojana
The eligible women desirous of availing maternity benefits are required to register under the pregnancy aid scheme at the Anganwadi Centre (AWC)/ approved Health facility depending upon the implementing department for that particular State/UT.
The registration for the scheme can be done by filling up the prescribed PMMVY application form and submitting it with the AWC (Anganwadi Center) or the approved health facility. The complete details of the Rs. 6000 pregnancy aid scheme application / registration forms is available at the link here – PMMVY Registration / Application Forms
Rs. 6000 Pregnancy Aid Scheme Installments
The scheme would benefit pregnant women and lactating mothers for the birth of their first live child. The benefit amount would be send directly to the bank account of the beneficiary through DBT mode. As per the reports, government would pay the amount in installments as following.
- 1st Installment: Rs. 1000 at the time of registration of pregnancy.
- 2nd Installment: Rs 2,000 if they carry out at least one antenatal check-up after six months of pregnancy.
- 3rd Installment: Rs. 2,000 When the birth of child is registered and the child has received first cycle of vaccines, including BCG, OPV, DPT and hepatitis-B.
PMMVY Installments Conditions
|First Installment||Early Registration of pregnancy||1,000/-|
|Second Installment||Received at least one ANC (can be claimed after 6 months of pregnancy)||2,000/-|
|Third Installment||i. Child Birth is registered |
ii. Child has received first cycle of BCG, OPV,DPT and Hepatitis-B or its equivalent/substitute
The eligible beneficiaries would receive the incentive given under the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) for Institutional delivery and the incentive received under JSY would be accounted towards maternity benefits so that on an average a woman gets Rs. 6000/-.
Rs. 6000 Pregnancy Aid Scheme Guidelines
The complete guidelines including the eligibility criteria of the pregnancy aid scheme can be downloaded from the official website of ministry of women and child development using the links here – https://wcd.nic.in/sites/default/files/PMMVY%20Scheme%20Implemetation%20Guidelines%20._0.pdf
Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) would not be applicable for the following category of pregnant women and lactating mothers
1. Those who are in regular employment with central or state government or any public sector undertaking.
2. Those who are the recipients of similar benefits under any other scheme or law.
Detailed information about the PMMVY can be found on the official website of Ministry of Women and Child Development at www.wcd.nic.in