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Assam launches wage compensation scheme for pregnant women in tea garden districtsStates in News


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Wage Compensation Scheme

Mains level: The initiative seeks to address high MMR among plantation labourers of Assam.


Wage Compensation Scheme for Pregnant Women

  1. Assam govt. has launched the Wage Compensation Scheme for Pregnant Women in tea gardens of the state.
  2. Under the scheme, each pregnant woman in tea gardens will get a sum of Rs 12,000 so that she can take better care of herself and her unborn baby without compromising the livelihood of her family.
  3. This initiative will be able to considerably bring down the mortality rate among the pregnant women of the tea community of the state.
  4. The high Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) among pregnant women in the tea garden areas due to anaemia and other diseases has been a major cause of concern.
  5. The pregnant women labourers in the tea gardens have to work through their pregnancy till the time of delivery due to crop cycle.
  6. All temporary, permanent or non-workers living within the tea garden areas will be eligible for the scheme.

Compensation Plans under the scheme

  1. As per the scheme, the first installment of Rs 2,000 will be provided during the Ante-Natal Check-up (ANC) registration within the first trimester.
  2. Second installment of Rs 4000 will be credited during the sixth month of the pregnancy and the third installment of Rs 3000 during delivery at a government-approved health institution.
  3. The fourth installment of Rs 3,000 will be credited during the sixth week post-delivery.
  4. Those who did not get Rs 2,500 which was deposited to eight lakh newly opened bank accounts in the tea garden areas will receive Rs 5,000 in December.
  5. Another Rs 2,500 will also be given to those who received a similar amount earlier.
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