Bhubaneswar: In a significant development that will benefit expectant mothers returning to Odisha during the lockdown, the state Government has extended the registration period of Mamata Yojana to seven months.
Earlier, pregnant women were supposed to register their names in the scheme within three months of their pregnancy to receive the benefits.
The decision on extension of the registration period was taken in view of the problems faced by the beneficiaries in doing so due to the ongoing lockdown, informed Women and Child Development Minister Tukuni Sahu.
“The registration period for the scheme has been extended to six months. In case of critical cases, the period will be extended up to seven months .Expectant mothers returning to the state can avail the services under Mamata Yojana, had they not been covered under any similar scheme of the Centre or other states. They will have to submit a written undertaking for the same, informed the Minister following a review meeting held virtually yesterday.
Moreover, grievances related to the scheme will be addressed through Helpline Number-181. All district Collectors will be intimidated regarding the same, she added.
Besides, she asked officials concerned to ensure that Anganwadi centers register all eligible expectant mothers and children aged below 6 years returning to the state and provide all services to them in adherence to COVID -19 guidelines.