Bhubaneswar: In the backdrop of the unprecedented second wave surge in Covid-19 cases in the State, the Women and Child Development Minister Tukuni Sahu on Monday directed the department authorities for the registration of the pregnant women and children below six years among the returning migrant Odias at Anganwadi centers.
Sahu also directed the officials to extend the registration period under Mamata Yojana to seven months from earlier three months and provide the beneficiaries with the provisional service under the scheme. All the Anganwadi centers will provide the service to the beneficiaries with Covid-19 guidelines in place.
The directive was issued in a virtual meeting, chaired by Sahoo, which was convened to review the measures taken by the department to fight the ongoing pandemic situation.
“A number of migrant Odias are currently returning to the State due to the Covid-19 imposed lockdown in the states they are working. Pregnant women in their families are facing a lot of difficulties to register themselves under Mamata Yojana due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Hence, the period of the scheme will be extended to six months. In case of critical cases the period will be extended up to seven months," she said.
The beneficiaries will be eligible to get all the services under the scheme,” the directive read.
“However, to be eligible for the scheme, they shouldn’t have been part of any other similar all-India scheme. The beneficiaries have to give an undertaking to be included in the scheme. All information about the scheme could be obtained by calling helpline number-181,” said Arabind Agarwal, Director of Integrated Child Development and Social Welfare Department.