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Essence: The article talks about Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana that was rolled out to provide cash support to pregnant and lactating mothers. The scheme launched with novel motive has been deficient on the grounds of limited coverage and falling rate of disbursements and enrollments. However, the parallelly running schemes by states shows increase in the number of beneficiaries and enrollment.
To replicate the success that of state schemes, PMMVY should extend the benefits to the second live birth along with increasing the benefit amount. Moreover the complex registration process should be simplified to increase the coverage. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of improving maternal health, the government needs to revisit the design and implementation of the scheme both. Last but not the least it could also draw the lessons from successful implementation of schemes by the states like Odisha.
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