Maternity Benefit Schemes under PMMVY (Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3369
ANSWERED ON: 13.03.2020
Maternity Benefit Schemes under PMMVY
M. K. Raghavan
Andimuthu Raja Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) whether according to the NITI Aayog report more than 28% of the Maternity Benefit Scheme under PMMVY is crediting the financial assistance to wrong accounts despite being linked to Aadhaar;
(b) the steps being taken to identify the wrong beneficiaries and retrieve the amount and also action taken in this regard;
(c) whether the NITI Aayog has expressed their dissatisfaction on the present mode and advised simplification of documents and rationalization of the payment mode and if so, the details thereof;
(d) the remedial steps being taken to ensure that the beneficiaries are benefited under the said scheme and compensated for the non-payment for earlier cases; and
(e) the total number of beneficiaries under the PMMVY for the last three years, State/UT-wise including Kerala?
MINISTER OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(SHRIMATI SMRITI ZUBIN IRANI)
(a) According to the NITI Aayog’s September, 2019 Report titled “TRANSFORMING NUTRITION IN INDIA: POSHAN ABHIYAAN”, a substantial number of cases (28% cases of all Aadhaar based payments, i.e. in case of 31.29 lakh payments) are going to different Bank Accounts than what had been provided by the beneficiaries. However, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) maintains mapping of Aadhaar with a bank account, in case the bank account is seeded with Aadhaar. The Aadhaar based payments are made on the basis of this mapping and NPCI maintains only one Bank name against an Aadhaar number. Accordingly, the payments are transferred to the Bank account of the beneficiary whose data is maintained by NPCI. This is common to all Aadhaar based payments in the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) ecosystem and is not specific to Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY). However, in a few cases of Aadhaar based payment, the amount has been credited to Bank Account wrongly seeded with Aadhaar.
(b) The Ministry has taken up the matter with Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to make the process of linking Aadhaar simple and provide more information to the account holder on the Aadhaar linkage. This issue is highlighted in all review meetings that Ministry hold with the representatives from aforementioned institutions. The information on process of Aadhaar linking with bank account is also shared with the field functionaries in the regular workshops held at District and State level. The following steps are taken by Ministry for providing the information regarding the beneficiary of the payment –
i. An SMS is sent to the mobile number, registered under PMMVY, of the beneficiary, informing her of the bank name, amount and last four digit of the bank account number in which payment is credited, when the credit information is received from Public Financial Management System (PFMS).
ii. Monthly payment report is available to the Sanctioning Officers on PMMVY-CAS, which has the details of all payments made in a particular month to the beneficiaries along with the details of Bank account (last four digits).
iii. Access is provided to State Nodal Officer to provide the complete bank account number to beneficiary in cases, where the last four digits are insufficient to trace the account.
(c) NITI Aayog in their report has observed that there is need for simplification in documentation and operational rules viz. the rule for completion of 180 days before processing 2nd instalment and mandatory requirement of Birth Certificate for 3rd instalment needs to be rationalized which are unnecessarily causing delays in payments.
(d) On the basis of feedbacks received from States/UTs, the Government has taken initiatives to simplify the documentation required for claiming benefits under the scheme. This includes, allowing the prescription/vaccination card issued by private medical practitioners for the purpose of fulfillment of requirement of ANC and vaccination of the child for easing of documentation for claiming second and third installment of maternity benefit under PMMVY. Further, eligible beneficiary who has undergone one Ante-Natal Check-up (ANC) has been allowed to submit application even before 180 days from the date of LMP. However, the payment will be processed after 180 days from the LMP date. The requirement of birth certificate is intentionally kept to improve the rate of birth registration in the Civil Registration System.
An eligible beneficiary can claim maternity benefit under PMMVY within 730 days from the date of LMP. Further, States/UTs organize special camps for enrolment of eligible beneficiaries under PMMVY time to time.
(e) The State-wise and Year-wise details of total number of beneficiaries enrolled under PMMVY, including Kerala, are annexed.
Statement referred to in reply to part (d) of the Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 3369 for answer on 13.03.2020 raised by Shri M.K. Raghavan and Shri A. Raja regarding Maternity Benefit Schemes under PMMVY
State/UT-wise and Year-wise details of total number of beneficiaries enrolled, including Kerala, under PMMVY
Sl. No. State/UT 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 (As on 02.03.2020)
1. Andaman & Nicobar Islands 2,112 1,501 868
2. Andhra Pradesh 2,97,735 3,64,434 238,760
3. Arunachal Pradesh 836 6,681 6,467
4. Assam 26,684 1,42,228 305,360
5. Bihar 1,32,241 2,43,948 822,373
6. Chandigarh 4,680 6,984 4,917
7. Chhattisgarh 94,279 1,45,626 134,029
8. Dadra & Nagar Haveli 1,474 2,752 2,007
9. Daman & Diu 276 2,189 1,153
10. Delhi 35,755 61,312 57,675
11. Goa 3,341 5,890 3,660
12. Gujarat 1,44,217 2,50,460 287,372
13. Haryana 91,961 1,78,187 113,582
14. Himachal Pradesh 41,955 52,759 37,922
15. Jammu & Kashmir 33,860 56,448 50,497
16. Jharkhand 1,07,362 1,40,134 181,984
17. Karnataka 1,32,572 3,59,141 290,394
18. Kerala 1,18,642 1,74,793 154,905
19. Lakshadweep 245 299 229
20. Madhya Pradesh 4,32,885 6,73,241 501,789
21. Maharashtra 2,38,807 5,52,107 752,579
22. Manipur 4,603 7,557 20,783
23. Meghalaya 2 3,878 14,499
24. Mizoram 3,762 10,096 3,641
25. Nagaland 162 3,219 14,155
26. Odisha 7 0 –
27. Puducherry 2,218 7,836 5,989
28. Punjab 68,291 1,17,288 91,161
29. Rajasthan 1,23,884 6,33,603 281,215
30. Sikkim 1,758 3,585 1,840
31. Tamil Nadu 0 2,33,983 400,852
32. Telangana 150 3 (150)
33. Tripura 7,278 22,108 25,193
34. Uttar Pradesh 3,11,109 11,85,214 1,156,252
35. Uttarakhand 27,838 49,519 43,623
36. West Bengal 77,028 3,61,008 470,386
Grand Total 25,70,009 60,60,011 58,88,324
PMMVY Scheme Details | PMMVY Scheme Benefits
Maternity Benefits under PMMVY
The maternity benefits under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) are available to the eligible beneficiaries for first living child. Normally, the first pregnancy of a woman exposes her to new kinds of challenges and stress factors. Hence, the scheme provides support to the mother for safe delivery and immunization of her first living child.
The Government has accorded high priority to the issue of malnutrition and is implementing several schemes like Anganwadi Services, Scheme for Adolescent Girls and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna (PMMVY) under the Umbrella Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme as direct targeted interventions to address the problem of malnutrition among women and children in the country.
Government has set up POSHAN Abhiyaan on 18.12.2017 for a three-year time frame commencing from 2017-18. The goals of POSHAN Abhiyaan are to achieve improvement in nutritional status of Children from 0-6 years, Adolescent Girls, Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers in a time bound manner during the three years with fixed targets as under:
|Prevent and reduce Stunting in children
(0- 6 years)
|By 6% @ 2% p.a.|
|Prevent and reduce under-nutrition (underweight prevalence) in children (0-6 years)||By 6% @ 2% p.a.|
|Reduce the prevalence of anaemia among young Children(6-59 months)||By 9% @ 3% p.a.|
|Reduce the prevalence of anaemia among Women and Adolescent Girls in the age group of 15-49 years.||By 9% @ 3% p.a.|
|Reduce Low Birth Weight (LBW).||By 6% @ 2% p.a.|
The Abhiyaan aims to reduce malnutrition in the country in a phased manner, through a life cycle approach, by adopting a synergised and result oriented approach. The Abhiyaan has mechanisms for timely service delivery and a robust monitoring as well as intervention infrastructure. It targets to bring down stunting of the children in the age group of 0-6 years from 38.4% to 25% by the year 2022. The major activities undertaken under this Abhiyaan are ensuring convergence with various other programmes; Information Technology enabled Common Application Software for strengthening service delivery and interventions; Community Mobilization and Awareness Advocacy leading to Jan Andolan- to educate the people on nutritional aspects; Capacity Building of Frontline Functionaries, incentivizing States/ UTs for achieving goals etc.
The maternity benefits under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) are available to all Pregnant Women and Lactating Mother (PW&LM), except those who are 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, for first living child in all parts of the country, including Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Under PMMVY, maternity benefit of ₹ 5,000/- is provided in three installments to eligible PW&LM during the period of pregnancy and lactation. The eligible beneficiary also receives the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards maternity benefit under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman gets ₹ 6,000/-.
The PMMVY is reviewed periodically through Video Conferences with States/UTs and through National and Regional level workshops for its successful implementation. The operational difficulties faced by the States/UTs in implementation of the scheme, as and when reported, are addressed through mutual/technical discussions.
Annual target cannot be fixed. However, PMMVY is expected to cover 51.70 lakhs beneficiaries per annum.
The State/UT-wise the number of beneficiaries reaping the benefits of the scheme so far is given below:
|State/UT||Number of Beneficiaries|
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||4,023|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||5,443|
|Daman & Diu||3,093|
|Jammu & Kashmir||1,09,260|
This information was given by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha