A Critical Evaluation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

A Critical Evaluation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana by Ajay Gautam

In light of the poor health of carrying mothers in India , there is a great need for focus on pre- and pos- natal care in the country. In 2018, India still records to suffer from huge maternity rate across the world with a share of around 17%. Healthcare is not only the basic right of people but better health of the inhabitants of a nation contributes towards its economic development. In this context, the present study attempts to discuss the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana which was launched on January 1, 2017 in India by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This scheme facilitates assistance to pregnant women and lactating mothers with a cash incentive for their pre and postnatal care. This study critically evaluates the ground reality of the scheme- from its implementation to its execution thereby highlighting the challenges being faced both by the authorities and the beneficiaries. The study attempts to highlight the success of this scheme across the nation using a review-based methodology. The study found that the improvement in maternal, reproductive and child health is not only crucial in securing better healthcare and also help in reducing poverty thereby broadly stimulating growth of the nation.  (Read Full Paper)