Pradeep Pattanayak

The financial assistance to pregnant women under the Mamata Yojana was doubled by the Odisha government on Tuesday. 

Till now, pregnant women & lactating mothers were receiving Rs 5000 in two instalments. As per the new decision, they will receive Rs 10,000. All the beneficiaries will receive the assistance money retrospectively from August 2023. They will get the accrued benefit between February 20 and 25. 

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The beneficiaries will receive the increased assistance money under the Mamata Yojana in their bank passbooks in two instalments. The first instalment of Rs 6000 will be given after six months of pregnancy and the second and final instalment of Rs 4000 will be paid after the child is 10 months old. 

The Mamata Yojana was launched in 2011 with the objective of reducing infant and maternal mortality rates and malnutrition.