Apply Pregnancy Aid Scheme Rs 6000 | Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)
Narendra Modi government that came to power in the center in 2014 had always maintained that sustainable growth and development of the country is heavily dependent on the welfare of the nation’s women and its children. Hence, the Union Budget of 2017 actually saw a massive thrust in the same area as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced some key benefits for women and children of India.
The benefits were spread across various departments of the government that deal with welfare of women and children.
Massive Budget for Pregnant Women
In a very surprising move, the Union Budget of 2017-2018 came up with a massive budget allocation for the pregnant and lactating women of India. In the previous fiscal, the budget that was set aside for their welfare was INR 400 crores. In this Union Budget, the welfare funds allocated for the welfare of these women have been scaled up to new heights of INR 21,000 crores – a little over 5 times the previous budget!
This massive budget allocation has been made towards the scheme known as Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana which was previously called Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana. This yojana has always been the key scheme of the central government for distribution of benefits to women and children.
This new budget allocation is in addition to the previous scheme which was announced by PM Narendra Modi himself on 31st December, 2016. In that scheme announced by PM Modi, pregnant women in 650 districts in India will receive a direct bank deposit of INR 6000 each for covering pregnancy and nutrition related expenses.
Budget Allocation in General for Women and Children
While we are already speaking about pregnant women, it is worth mentioning that the total budget allocation for welfare of women and children in India has been fixed at an enormous INR 1.86 lakh crores for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. In the previous fiscal year of 2016-2017, the budget allocation in this segment stood at INR 1.54 lakh crores.
Of this total allocation, INR 15,245 crores will go towards boosting supplementary nutrition program which is targeted towards children who are below the age of 6 years.
Not just that, Government will also be setting up what is known as Mahila Shakti Kendras. These kendras will be situated in villages in Anganwadi centers, whose numbers stand at 14 lakhs. The budget allocation for Mahila Shakti Kendras’ set up has been set to INR 500 crores.