SC seeks report from Centre on grant to pregnant, lactating women

New Delhi: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sought a report from the Centre on a plea of an NGO seeking status of a 2013 statutory scheme which provided for distribution of maternity benefits of Rs 6,000 per month to all pregnant women and lactating mothers in the country. 

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A Bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and A S Bopanna was hearing the PIL filed by NGO ‘Peoples Union For Civil Liberties’ (PUCL). 

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It also issued notice on one of the prayers of the PIL relating to monetary help to lactating and pregnant women as it was not taken note of in 2015. 

Pregnant women receive incentive given under the “Janani Suraksha Yojana” (JSY) for institutionalised delivery and the incentive received under JSY would be accounted towards maternity benefits. 

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