New mothers deprived of allowance

Baitadi, February 2

The provision of monetary allowance for women delivering a child at government health facilities has been in effect for years in the country. New mothers get the allowance immediately after child birth.

Presently, the scheme aims to promote safe motherhood programme under which new mothers get Rs 2,000 and extra Rs 800 for meeting the criteria set for visiting a health centre for pregnancy check-ups for up to four times.

District Pubic Heath Office, Baitadi, said it had been unable to distribute the allowance at all 10 local levels in the current fiscal.

As per policy, the allowance is to be distributed on the spot. However, it could not take place in the current fiscal.