More than 9.5 lakhs women avail benefit under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2014-15 and 2015- 16
The Maternity Benefit Programme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme being implemented through the State Governments/UT Administrations. The Ministry issues guidelines for implementation of the Programme, releases funds in the prescribed cost sharing ratio and monitors implementation of the scheme. Whenever, any incident of non-payment of benefits under the Programme is brought to the notice of the Ministry, the concerned State Government/UT Administration is requested to take necessary action in this regard.
Adequate fund have been placed at the disposal of States/UTs for providing maternity benefit to the eligible beneficiaries.
Earlier this scheme was implemented in selected 53 districts of the country, the Government has approved pan- India Implementation of Maternity Benefit Programme to cover all the districts of the country with effect from 01.01.2017. Year-wise details of funds allotted to the scheme are as under:
(Rupees in Crore)
Details of funds released under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2011-12 to 2016-17 (Up to 06.03.2017) and number of beneficiaries across the country is as follows:
|Year||2011- 12||2012- 13||2013- 14||2014- 15||2015-16|
|Funds Released (Rs. In Crores)||293.83||82.57||232.05||343.13||233.46|
|No. Of States not reported data of beneficiaries||4||0||3||8||10|
This information was given by Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.