In India, the majority of women continue to suffer from undernutrition. In India, every second woman is anaemic and every third woman is undernourished. Low birth weight babies almost always result from undernourished mothers. Since the alterations are typically permanent, when inadequate nutrition begins in utero, it continues throughout the life cycle. Due to social and economic hardship, many women continue to work to support their families up to the very final days of their pregnancies. They also go back to work shortly after giving birth, despite the fact that their bodies may not be able to, which prevents their bodies from properly recuperating on the one hand and makes it difficult for them to exclusively breastfeed their newborn kid for the first six months.
In compliance with the provisions of the National Food Security Act of 2013, the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) is a Maternity Benefit Program that is implemented in all of the country’s districts.
Compensation to make up for the lost income of working women and make sure they get the rest and nourishment they need. Through financial incentives, undernutrition may be reduced and pregnant women’s and nursing moms’ health can be improved.
Advantages of the Scheme
- The programme will help expectant moms and nursing mothers during the delivery of the first survivor kid. The beneficiary’s bank account will receive the benefit amount of the plan straight through DBT. The government would pay the money in the following instalments, the article states.
- When registering for pregnancy, pay the first instalment of Rs 1000.
- Beneficiaries would only get the second instalment of 2000 rupees if they have at least one prenatal checkup after six months of pregnancy.
- Third payment: 2000 Rupees, due when the baby is born and begins the first round of vaccinations against BCG, OPV, DPT, and Hepatitis-B.
Low-grade expectant moms and breastfeeding mothers are not eligible for the Pradhan Mantri Maternity Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).
- Those who are regularly employed by the federal, state, or any other public sector organisation.
- Whom the same benefits are provided to under any other plan or statute.
Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana Highlights
Here are some of PMMVY’s highlights:
Eligibility: Women who are nursing their infants and those who are expecting their first child.
Payable Amount: A payment of Rs. 5,000 is required. The payment is made in three instalments, nevertheless.
Basis for Implementation: The Integrated Child Development Service/Health Infrastructure is the platform for this scheme’s implementation.
Implementing Department: The Department of Social Welfare or the Department of Women and Child Development of the relevant state serves as the implementing department in addition to the seven states or Union Territories (listed below)
The Department of Health and Family Welfare or the Department of Health will be in charge of overseeing the administration of the programme for the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh, and Andhra Pradesh.
Condition, Amount, and the Documents that are Required for the Three Instalments
The Rs.5,000 that is payable is made in three instalments. However, each instalment has specific conditions that must be met. Given below is the list of conditions and the documents that are required for the three instalments:
Along with the mandatory documents, the mother must register her pregnancy in the MCP within 150 days from the LMP.
Documents that are Required
Given below is the list of documents that must be submitted:
- Form 1A that is completely filled.
- Photocopy of identity proof
- Passbook of the bank account
- MCP Card copy
The total amount that is paid in the first instalment is Rs.1,000.
- A minimum of one Ante Natal Check Up must be done.
- The amount can be claimed 180 days after pregnancy.
Documents that must be Submitted
- A completely filled Form 1B
- Photocopy of the MCP card
That total amount that is paid in the second instalment is Rs.2,000.
- Childbirth must be registered.
- The first cycle of Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DPT), Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), and Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) immunisations must be given to the first child.
- Aadhaar must be submitted for individuals living in all states except for Meghalaya, Assam, and Jammu & Kashmir.
Documents that are required
- Completely filled Form 1C must be submitted.
- Photocopy of birth registration certificate of the child must be provided.
- Photocopy of Aadhaar card.
- Photocopy of MCP card.
The amount that is paid in the third instalment is Rs.2,000.
If beneficiaries of the old scheme (IGMSY) have received the first instalment, they will only receive the third instalment under the PMMVY scheme. However, all the conditions that are required for PMMVY must be met.
Registration under the Scheme
- The eligible women desirous of availing maternity benefits are required to register under the scheme at the Anganwadi Centre ( AWC ) / approved Health facility depending upon the implementing department for that particular State /UT.
- For registration, the beneficiary shall submit the prescribed application Form 1 – A , complete in all respects, along with the relevant documents and undertaking/consent duly signed by her and her husband, at the AWC/ approved Health facility. While submitting the form, the beneficiary will be required to submit her and her husband’s Aadhaar details with their written consents, her/husband/family member’s Mobile Number and her Bank/Post Office account details.
- The prescribed form (s) can be obtained from the AWC/ approved Health facility free of cost. The form(s) can also be downloaded from the website of Ministry of Women and Child Development .
- The beneficiary would be required to fill up the prescribed scheme forms for registration and claim of the instalment and submit the same at the Anganwadi Centre/ approved Health facility. The beneficiary should obtain acknowledgment from Anganwadi Worker/ASHA/ANM for record and future reference.
- For registration and claim of first instalment, duly filled Form 1 – A along with copy of MCP Card (Mother and Child Protection Card), Proof of Identity of Beneficiary and her Husband (Aadhaar Card or permitted Alternate ID Proof of both and Bank/ Post Office Account details of the beneficiary is required to be submitted.
- For claiming second instalment, beneficiary is required to submit duly filled up Form 1 – B after six months of pregnancy, along with the copy of MCP Card showing at least one ANC.
- For claiming third instalment, beneficiary is required to submit duly filled up Form 1 – C along with copy of child birth registration and copy of MCP card showing that the child has received first cycle of immunization or its equivalent/substitute.
- In case a beneficiary has complied the conditionalities stipulated under the scheme but could not register/submit claims within the stipulated time can submit claim(s) – A beneficiary can apply, at any point of time but not later than 730 days of pregnancy, even if she had not claimed any of the instalments earlier but fulfils eligibility criterion and conditionalities for receiving benefits. In cases where LMP date is not recorded in MCP card viz. a beneficiary is coming for claim of third instalment under the scheme, the claim in such cases must be submitted within 460 days from the date of birth of the child beyond which period no claim shall be entertained.