Believe it or not: Rs 1400/- granted to pregnant mothers under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). But…..
T. Majhi is a smart, young graduate who is active in the local panchayat at Lanjigarh Road. He, and a few other young men and women are focused on improving health conditions in remote, cut-off villages of this panchayat.
When I was chatting with them, they told me an interesting story about an allowance apparently available to pregnant women in rural areas. It all started with a noble motive, i.e. to ensure that rural women have a safe delivery, and to improve survival rates of the mother and infant. For this, the NRHM offers a Rs 1400/- incentive to each mother who goes to a formal hospital for delivery.
But, guess what?
In reality, the mothers in this district get only Rs 500-600/-.The balance 60% is
gobbled up a whole bunch of other people…doctors, hospital staff, administration.
Did we hear someone say that India lacks funds for development efforts?