Brain Booster for UPSC & State PCS Examination (Topic: Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana)

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Topic: Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana

Why in News?

  • The government’s maternity benefit scheme, or Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), has crossed 1.75 crore eligible women till financial year 2020, the Centre informed Parliament.


  • Under-nutrition continues to adversely affect majority of women in India. In India, every third woman is undernourished and every second woman is anaemic.
  • An undernourished mother almost inevitably gives birth to a low birth weight baby.
  • When poor nutrition starts in-utero, it extends throughout the life cycle since the changes are largely irreversible.
  • Owing to economic and social distress many women continue to work to earn a living for their family right up to the last days of their pregnancy.
  • Under PMMVY, a cash incentive of Rs 5000 would be provided directly in the account of Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) for first living child of the family
    subject to their fulfilling specific conditions relating to Maternal and Child Health.
  • The eligible beneficiaries would receive the remaining cash incentives as per approved norms towards maternity benefit under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman will get Rs 6000.
  • PMMVY would provide grants-in-aid to the State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations (UTs) in a dedicated Escrow account for the purpose of direct benefit transfer to the beneficiaries.

Objectives of PMMVY

  • Providing partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the woman can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child.
  • The cash incentive provided would lead to improved health seeking behaviour amongst the PW&LM.

Target beneficiaries

  • All Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers, excluding PW&LM who are in regular employment with the Central Government or the State Governments or PSUs or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being in force.
  • All eligible Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who have their pregnancy on or after 01.01.2017 for first child in family.
  • The date and stage of pregnancy for a beneficiary would be counted with respect to her LMP date as mentioned in the MCP card.


  • PMMVY is be implemented using the platform of Anganwadi Services scheme of Umbrella ICDS under Ministry of Women and Child Development in respect of States/UTs implementing scheme through Women and Child Development Department/Social Welfare Department and through Health system in respect of States/ UTs where scheme will be implemented by Health & Family Welfare Department.
  • PMMVY is implemented through a centrally deployed Web Based MIS Software application and the focal point of implementation would be the Anganwadi Centre (AWC) and ASHA/ ANM workers.

Umbrella ICDS

  • Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing Umbrella Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
  • ICDS is a unique early childhood development programme, aimed at addressing malnutrition, health and also development needs of young children, pregnant and nursing mothers.
  • It has following components:
  • Anganwadi Services Scheme;
  • Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana;
  • National Creche Scheme;
  • POSHAN Abhiyaan;
  • Scheme for Adolescent Girls; and
  • Child Protection Scheme.