Maneka Gandhi, Union Women and Child Development Minister notified the Rajya Sabha in response to a question on Thursday that over 31 lakh pregnant women and lactating mothers have profited under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).
"More than 21 lakh beneficiaries were enrolled under PMMVY - Common Application Software (PMMVY-CAS) for receiving maternity benefits under the scheme during the financial year 2017-18," she said.
‘The aim of the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) scheme is to provide partial compensation for salary loss so that the woman can take sufficient rest before and after childbirth of the first living child.’
Under the scheme, pregnant woman and lactating mother apart from regular government employees are entitled to receive Rs 5,000 and the remaining cash incentive of Rs 1,000 for maternity benefit is given under the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) after institutional delivery.
The scheme aims at providing partial compensation for wage loss concerning cash incentives so that the woman can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child.