Tamenglong, 12 Sept, 2013: For the first time in Manipur, a new monetary benefit program for the pregnant mothers has been introduced in Tamenglong district.
The new scheme called Indira Gandhi MatritvaSahyogYojana(IGMSY),a conditional maternity scheme was introduced under Integrated Child Development Scheme(ICDS) to provide monetary help to the pregnant women after it was launched on March 14,2011, according to Child Development Project Officer M Memcha Devi of Social Welfare Department, Tamenglong.
Project Officer M Memcha Devi was speaking during the technical session of second day of 3 day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign at Town Baptist Church hall in Tamenglong district head quarter today.
Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Imphal organised the campaign in collaboration with its sister Offices in Manipur and District administration of Tamenglong.
The Tamenglong district administration has even started to provide beneficiaries in most sub-divisons, says Project Officer M Memcha Devi.
As per the IGMSY scheme, the government provides Rs 4000 in cash on an instalment basis in three phases of pregnancy-pre-natal,natal and post natal period. The cash awards were deposited to the bank accounts of the concerned pregnant mothers, she added.
A total of 550 Anganwadi workers along with 488 Anganwadi helpers were working across the 550 Anganwadi centres and 62 mini Anganwadi centres, she said. About 158 Anganwadi centres were constructed including 34 in Tamenglong centre 38 in Tamei in Tamenglong district.So far 3077 pregnant mothers and 3025 nursing mothers have been given the benefits of the scheme,she added.
Though the ICDS, a centrally sponsored scheme implemented through the state governments to reach the unreached in each and every habitation of the country by improving nutritional and health status of children below 6 years of age and pregnant women and lactating mothers, was launched on October 2, 1975 with 33 projects across the country on an experimental basis under the Ministry of women and child development, it was first launched in Ukhrul district in Manipur.
The scheme was implemented in Manipur with 42 projects. Similarly it was implemented in Tamenglong with 5 ICDS projects since January 1, 1983.
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