Pothashang News Service

Imphal, February 3, 2018: Social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen today launched the Pradhan Mantri Mantru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), a maternity benefits scheme for all pregnant women & lactating mothers, through the direct benefit transfer (DBT) at the office chamber of the minister at new secretariat, Babupara. It is a centrally sponsored scheme with 10 percent state share.

The DBT for this scheme will be operational through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS),a web-based online software application developed and implemented by the office of Controller General of Accounts.

With an aim to timely transfer of benefit to the citizen by bringing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability in the government system, minister Nemcha said as the scheme are launched through DBT, it will directly reach the right beneficiaries through individual’s bank accounts electronically, tiers involved in fund flow will be minimised, delay in payment of fund to the beneficiaries will be reduced and will also curb fund misappropriation and duplication.

The eligible beneficiaries under PMMVY programme gets a total amount of  Rs. 5,000 in three instalments– Rs. 1000 will be received in the 1st instalment after first anti natal check-up when pregnancy is registered, Rs. 2000 in the 2nd instalment at the last trimester and in the 3rd instalment, Rs. 2000 will be received after 1st immunisation, added the minister.

The PMMVY programme is restricted to only the first born child per woman. In case of miscarriage/ till birth, the beneficiary would be eligible to claim the remaining instalment(s) in event of any future pregnancy. The scheme excludes to any woman in regular employment with the central government or state government or public sector undertaking or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being in force, Nemcha added.

She said “Social welfare department have received 5000 forms till date from the Anganwadi workers which is verified by Supervisor and Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) and out of which 1696 beneficiaries are approved. The process is still going on to reach to all the deserving beneficiaries.”

On this occasion, the minister announced that DBT will soon be implemented for various schemes/ programmes given under the department mainly to ease the various inconveniences faced by the beneficiaries. She also appeals all the media persons to take main role in reaching all the information regarding the various schemes launched by the state government to the masses.

The launch function was also graced by commissioner, social welfare department H. Dileep Singh, director, Jacintha Lazarus, joint director, Surrender A. Shishak, deputy directors and concern officials of the department.

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