The Government of Tamil Nadu has modified the Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit Scheme.To ensure that any delay on the part of the Central Government in the disbursal of funds does not affect the implementation of the scheme.
The scheme provides financial assistance of ₹15,000 to pregnant women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.
Earlier, the scheme was implemented in five instalments of ₹3,000 each.
However, the Tamil Nadu government has now decided to implement the scheme in three instalments. ₹4,000 each, ₹4,000 after delivery, and ₹6,000 four months after delivery.
This change has been made to ensure that the beneficiaries are not affected by any delays in the release of funds from the Central Government.
Health Minister Announces Revised Maternity Benefit Scheme
The Tamil Nadu government has also decided to prepare a list of eligible persons who have applied for the scheme and will grant the assistance in phases.
This will ensure that all eligible beneficiaries receive the benefit without any delay.
The Health Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ma. Subramanian, said that the government is committed to providing the best possible healthcare facilities to pregnant women and their children.
He said that the modifications to the Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit Scheme will help to ensure that more and more pregnant women are able to avail of the benefits of the scheme.
The Tamil Nadu government is also working on other initiatives to improve maternal health in the state, such as the launch of the Chief Minister’s Amma Maternity Scheme, which provides free delivery services to all pregnant women in the state.
The government is also working to increase the number of accredited social health activists (ASHA) workers in the state, who play a crucial role in providing healthcare services to pregnant women and their children.
These initiatives are helping to improve the maternal health indicators in Tamil Nadu, and the state is now one of the best-performing states in the country in terms of maternal health.