Imphal, Dec 2 (DIPR)
Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched Matru Vandana Saptah, a week-long maternity benefit programme taken up under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Briefing media persons after the function, the Chief Minister informed that the Union Home Ministry has invited Manipur People Against Citizenship Bill (MANPAC) and different political parties active in the State for consultation regarding Citizenship Amendment Bill.
He said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah would meet the delegates from the State on December 3 at 10.30 pm in New Delhi. The State Government had also sent necessary intimation letters to MANPAC and political parties in this connection, he said.
Regarding border dispute at Tungjoy in Senapati, the Chief Minister said that as resolved by the State Cabinet, the committee which was formed to resolve boundary issues with Nagaland at Dzuko and Tungjoy, visited the disputed area at Tungjoy to gather first-hand account of the matter yesterday.
Other members of the committee headed by PHE Minister Losii Dikho included Revenue Minister Karam Shyam and Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N Kayisii among others, he said.
Biren further said that the State Government had also sought intervention from the Centre as well to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, the State Government is currently in touch with the Government of Nagaland as well to bring an amicable and peaceful solution, he added.
Earlier speaking at the launching function of Matru Vandana Saptah, N Biren said that around 1.2 crore women had been benefited by the scheme launched in 2017 in the country so far. However, there is still need for wide publicity of the scheme because a large number of women are still unaware about the noble programme, he observed. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to execute works related to the scheme on mission mode to achieve the intended target, further asking them to create a WhatsApp Group for proper monitoring and effective implementation.
Opining that lack of awareness is the primary reason for low rate of registration in hill and interior areas, the Chief Minister also stressed on the need for keeping ADC Members, Village Authorities and Panchayati Raj institutions in the loop in this regard. He further instructed the officials concerned to identify and award the best performing district and block. Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, who also attended the function, said that the scheme is a noble effort of the Government to provide monetary help to pregnant women and lactating mothers to have proper diet and nutritious food. She also observed that apart from Government officials, people also have a great role to play in making the scheme a success.
Under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), Rs 5000 is provided to pregnant women and lactating mothers for first living child of the family in three instalments. The amount will be transferred directly to their bank accounts or post office accounts. In case of institutional delivery, an additional benefit of Rs 1000 can also be claimed under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY).
In the State, number of beneficiaries enrolled under the scheme till November 30, 2019 is 27,219 and a total amount of Rs. 10,85,29,000 has been disbursed to beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer (DBT) so far. The week-long observation organised under the theme ‘Towards Building a Healthy Nation- Safe Mother, Healthy Nation’ will continue till December 8, 2019.