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Narendra Modi govt invites flak for reducing spending on maternity benefit scheme
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Narendra Modi govt invites flak for reducing spending on maternity benefit scheme

The Modi government on Wednesday virtually halved the number of beneficiaries under its Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP) by restricting the scheme to firstborns instead of 'first two live births' as applicable earlier.

Cabinet nod to maternity benefit programme, lactating mothers to get Rs 6,000 for firstborns
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Cabinet nod to maternity benefit programme, lactating mothers to get Rs 6,000 for firstborns

The cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the maternity benefit programme providing Rs 6,000 each to lactating mothers, but restricted the scheme to firstborns only.

Why Modi’s claim of new maternity benefit scheme is old wine in new bottle
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Why Modi’s claim of new maternity benefit scheme is old wine in new bottle

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government in Tamil Nadu, in 1987, under former chief minister MG Ramachandran, launched the state’s flagship programme for pregnant women.

Modi's cash transfer scheme for pregnant women shortsighted, healthcare quality needs attention first
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Modi's cash transfer scheme for pregnant women shortsighted, healthcare quality needs attention first

Modi’s declaration that a conditional cash transfer scheme, which disqualifies a vast section of women, will bring down maternal mortality appears counter-intuitive and shortsighted.