NMA allege misuse of funds under JSY scheme
Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) today accused the state government of misutilizing crores of Rupees in terms of payment of Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) scheme for women during delivery under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
Questioning as to why the state government is not showing sincerity in implementing the scheme and making efforts to check corruption relating to the scheme when the Centre is pumping so much money into the states for the implementation of JSY, the association also demanded that the state government clarify as to whether it supports the difference in payments, claiming that in the case of the birth of a boy child, a higher amount of payment is given comparing to the birth of a girl child.
Citing this, the NMA has requested the state government to institute a high level enquiry into the irregular payment of JSY for which the NMA has already lodged an FIR with the SP crime branch. In the event of the police department failing to take up the matter with seriousness, the NMA will take up the matter with other legal authorities for what it called “more serious implementation”, cautioning that the NMA is very serious and concerned for the women and the society.
Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) is a safe motherhood intervention under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) being implemented with the objective of reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality by promoting institutional delivery among the poor pregnant women. The Yojana, launched on 12th April 2005, by the Prime Minister, is being implemented in all states and UTs with special focus on low performing states. JSY is a 100 % centrally sponsored scheme and it integrates cash assistance with delivery and post-delivery care.
The success of the scheme would be determined by the increase in institutional delivery among the poor families. The Yojana has identified ASHA, the accredited social health activist as an effective link between the Government and the poor pregnant women in l0 low performing states.
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