- Recently the government has clarified that the Aadhaar of their husbands is not mandatory for inclusion of single and abandoned mothers under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).
- Aadhaar which is a 12 digit Unique Identification (UID) number is mandated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for all residents of India.
- UIDAI is a statutory authority established on 12th July, 2016 by the Government of India under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under the provisions of Aadhaar Act 2016.
- UIDAI was set up by the Government of India in January 2009 as an attached office under the aegis of Planning Commission.
Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana:
- It is a maternity benefit program, which has been implemented in all the districts of the country with effect from January 1, 2017.
- It is a centrally sponsored scheme, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
- Under this, money is paid directly into the bank account of pregnant women to meet nutritional needs and partially compensate for the loss of wages.
Benefits of the plan:
- The implementation of the scheme is closely monitored by the Central and State Governments through the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana Common Application Software (PMMVY-CAS).
- PMMVY-CAS is a web based software application which enables tracking of the status of each beneficiary under the scheme, resulting in faster, better redressal of any grievance of the beneficiary.
- All Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) except those women who are engaged in regular employment in the Central Government or State Governments or Public Sector Undertakings and receive equal benefits under any law, eligible for the scheme.
- All eligible pregnant women and lactating mothers who have conceived on or after January 1, 2017 for the first child in the family.
Benefits availed under the scheme:
- The beneficiary receives a cash benefit of Rs.5,000 in three installments subject to fulfillment of the following conditions:
- Early registration of pregnancies.
- Prenatal check-up.
- Registration of the birth of the child and completion of the first round of vaccination of the first surviving child in the family.
- Eligible beneficiaries also get cash incentives under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY). Thus an average amount of Rs 6,000 is provided to a woman.
Other schemes related to women:
- Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana
- Kutumbashree in Kerala
- POSHAN Abhiyaan
- Integrated Child Development Services Scheme