Friday, August 23, 2019 | ePaper

10.45 lakh get maternal, lactating mother allowances

  • Print
BSS, Dhaka :
Ten lakh forty-five thousand beneficiaries are getting maternal and lactating mother allowances from the Women and Child Affairs Ministry.
"The government increased the number of beneficiaries from 9.5 lakh in 2018-19 to 10.45 lakh in the current financial year, aimed at supporting the distressed, helpless, destitute and pregnant women in society," said a ministry official.
He said the government would give maternal and lactating mother allowance for three years and each maternal and lactating mother allowance beneficiary would get Taka 800 per month.
Besides, Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) is one of the largest safety net programmes of the present government, as 10.40 lakh destitute, oppressed, helpless, poor and divorced women are getting 30 kg of fortified rice for a two-year cycle each.
According to the ministry information, the Awami League-led government introduced the VGD programme in 1996-97 financial year and some 71 lakh women beneficiaries were given rice during a two-year cycle from 2009 to 2018.
In order to support the distressed, helpless, destitute and pregnant women in society, VGD programme was started in FY 1996-97. Along with that, maternity allowance and lactating mother allowance programmes are being operated since 2010-11 and 2007-08 respectively under the ministry of women and children affairs.
The government also introduced the electronic payment system G2P (Government to Person) so that the poor mother across the country could get their maternity allowance easily.
The electronic payment system will play an important role to implement the Social Safety Net (SSN) Programmes and in this way Bangladesh will achieve the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In fiscal 2018-19, the government allocated Taka 64,177 crore for social safety net programme. This allocation has been increased to 2.53 per cent of GDP and 13.81 per cent of the total budget.
In fiscal 2017-18, the government allocated Taka 48,524 crore for this programme, which was 13.06 per cent of the total budget.

More News For this Category

Chairman of Ain O Salish Kendra ZI Khan Panna speaking at a prèss conference organised by Human Rights Forum Bangladesh in DRU auditorium on Thursday with a call to implement recommendations of Anti-repression Committee of the United Nations.

Chairman of Ain O Salish Kendra ZI Khan Panna speaking at a prèss conference organised by Human Rights Forum Bangladesh in DRU auditorium on Thursday with a call to implement recommendations of Anti-repression Committee of the United Nations.

President, PM greet Hindu community on Janmashtami

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, on Thursday greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami, the birthday of Sri Krishna. 

Call to reduce rural-urban gap

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun called for reducing the gap between the rural and urban people's lifestyle by ensuring availability of city amenities in every village."We will have to

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, at the inauguration of voluntary blood donation organised on the occasion of the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by BIWTA on its premises in the city on Thursday.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, at the inauguration of voluntary blood donation organised on the occasion of the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by BIWTA on its premises in the city on Thursday.

Chairman of Save The Environment Movement Abu Naser Khan speaking at a dialogue on 'Fire in Slums and Permanent Solution of Residential Crisis' at the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday.

Chairman of Save The Environment Movement Abu Naser Khan speaking at a dialogue on 'Fire in Slums and Permanent Solution of Residential Crisis' at the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday.

Jabbar for staying alert against conspirators

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar called upon the followers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to stay alert against the conspirators who kept themselves disguised with

Begum Zia was well-informed about August 21 grenade attack: Minister

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said the then Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia was definitely well-informed about the 21st August grenade attack. So, she must be brought to

JS body for maintaining transparency in dev works

The 6th meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Assurances was held on Wednesday in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban here.The committee called for maintaining transparency and accountability in development

DMP imposes restriction on traffic movement for Janmashtami

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a restriction on vehicular movement for peaceful holding of Janmashtami procession in the city scheduled to be held today.  DMP has taken the plan

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Motijheel), Tarek Ahmed and Assistant Police Commissioner (Rampura Zone),  Humayun Kabir, among others, at the mass awareness programme on cleanliness to prevent dengue organised by Dhaka Traffic (West)  at Rampura Bridge area in the city on Thursday.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Motijheel), Tarek Ahmed and Assistant Police Commissioner (Rampura Zone), Humayun Kabir, among others, at the mass awareness programme on cleanliness to prevent dengue organised by Dhaka Traffic (West) at Rampura Bridge area in the city on Thursday.