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PM Modi, your scheme for pregnant women was delivered by UPA back in 2013

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:47 IST

On the last day of 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a string of new policies, while thanking Indian citizens for their support on demonitisation.

One among them was a national scheme for pregnant women or expecting women.

In his speech, PM Modi said that all pregnant women will receive Rs 6,000 for their delivery, vaccination s well as for nutritious meals. The scheme will be launched in 650 districts across the country in an effort to bring down mortality rate. The amount will be directly transferred to their bank accounts.

However, what sounded like a great and innovative scheme for women from the lower economic strata by the BJP-led Centre, a little research proved otherwise.

The amount of Rs 6,000 announced under universal maternity entitlements is apparently a clause mentioned under the National Food Security Act, which was passed way back in 2013, by the UPA.

Later, when the BJP government took centre stage, they refused to allocate funds for it.

That is, until 31 December, 2016.

In simple words, an existing scheme for pregnant women has been relaunched by the government under the garb of new policy.

Twitterati was quick to question the entire episode:

First published: 3 January 2017, 4:39 IST