As part of efforts to bring down the maternal mortality rate in India, pregnant women will be provided financial aid of Rs. 6,000, announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The scheme will be applicable across the over 650 districts of the country. Under this scheme a pregnant woman will be provided with Rs. 6,000 for covering hospital admission, vaccination and nutritional food," said Modi in his special address to the nation on New Year's Eve.
"The money will be directly transferred to pregnant women bank accounts," he said, adding that it "will greatly help in bringing down maternal mortality rate".