Friday, 24 March 2017

More than 9.5 lakhs women avail benefit under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2014-15 and 2015-16

Scheme to be implemented on a Pan India basis w.e.f. 01.01.2017
            The Maternity Benefit Programme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme being implemented through the State Governments/UT Administrations. The Ministry issues guidelines for implementation of the Programme, releases funds in the prescribed cost sharing ratio and monitors implementation of the scheme. Whenever, any incident of non-payment of benefits under the Programme is brought to the notice of the Ministry, the concerned State Government/UT Administration is requested to take necessary action in this regard. Adequate fund have been placed at the disposal of States/UTs for providing maternity benefit to the eligible beneficiaries.

            Earlier this scheme was implemented in selected 53 districts of the country, the Government has approved pan-India Implementation of Maternity Benefit Programme to cover all the districts of the country with effect from 01.01.2017. Year-wise details of funds allotted to the scheme are as under:

Year
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
Allocations
(Rupees in Crore)
BE-520.00
RE-403.00
BE-520.00
RE-93.87
BE-500.00
RE-300.00
BE-400.00
RE-358.00
BE-438.00
RE-233.50
BE-400.00
RE-617.00*





* For implementation of Maternity Benefit Programme.

Details of funds released under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2011-12 to 2016-17 (Up to 06.03.2017) and number of beneficiaries across the country is as follows:

Year
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
Funds Released (Rs. In Crores)
293.83
82.57
232.05
343.13
233.46
Beneficiaries
309749
644167
588971
616420
336910
No. Of States not reported data of beneficiaries
4
0
3
8
10

         This information was given by Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.


Courtesy: pib.nic.in

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