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.
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.
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
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.