PMMVY covers 4,373 pregnant women in Karbi Anglong

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DIPHU, June 7: The Centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Mantru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) has so far covered 4,373 women in two hill districts- Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong in the last fiscal, Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) programme officer BN Pegu said here on Friday.

Of them, 2,079 are from Karbi Anglong and 2,294 are from West Karbi Anglong, Pegu said while speaking at a review-cum-workshop on implementation of PMMVY at Farmer’s Growth Centre Auditorium for Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts.

He, however, regretted that many women in the two hill districts were left out from the beneficiaries list due to lack of bank account and income data.

“So far 2,079 pregnant women in Karbi Anglong received the benefit of the scheme. While in West Karbi Anglong, 2,294 beneficiaries received it. This number should have gone up, but as several women do not have bank accounts and due to incorrect data they have to be left out. From this year, we are trying to reach out to maximum beneficiaries in rural areas,” Pegu said.

Two officials from PMMVY Cell, New Delhi, team leader Sidharth Gupta and technical consultant, Manangad Lamba and state PMMVY officer Kulesh Talukdar reviewed the progress of the scheme in the two hill district with CDPO, supervisors and data entry operators of ICDS.

Under PMMVY, which was launched in 2017, Rs 5,000 is granted to pregnant women for her first child.

KAAC joint secretary (ICDS) Herolus Millik also attended the meeting.

The scheme covers those pregnant women with a monthly income of not more than Rs 9,000. The beneficiary can draw Rs 1,000 in first instalment at three months pregnancy, Rs 2,000 on second instalment at six month of pregnancy and third instalment of Rs 2,000 at nine months of her pregnancy.

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