Orrisa Government announced Cash transfer Scheme
Orissa would launch a maternal benefit scheme from September this year in which over 7 lakh rural women would get financial assistance before and after childbirth.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who undertook a review meeting of the women and child development department last evening, said the Orissa programme called "Mamta" would provide Rs.5,000 to each rural women to enable the pregnant and lactating women to have nutritious food as well as compensate the wage loss owing to their inability to work during the period of pregnancy.
But unlike the TN scheme, the Orissa scheme is fairly liberal and open to women irrespective of their APL and BPL status.
However, women government employees have been excluded from the scheme.
Although India has a Maternity Benefit Act, in reality most Indian women do not get any maternity benefits as the legislation does not apply to the unorganised sector.
The majority of working women in the country work until the last stages of pregnancy and get back to work soon after delivery to avoid loss of wages.