The launch programme of Matru Vandana Saptah under (PMMVY)

Gangtok, 2nd Dec (IPR):The launch programme of Matru Vandana Saptah 2019 under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana(PMMVY) was organised at the conference hall of Social Justice and Welfare Department,Lumsey, Tadong here today.
Smt Dhan Jyoti Mukhia, Secretary,SJ&W Department graced the occasion as the chief guest along with guest participants and host of officials from SJ&W Department.
Matru Vandana Saptah is observed every year with an objective to intensify the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and create a competitive spirit among States and UTs.The best performing States and Districts will be subsequently rewarded at the National level.
The week-long Matru Vandana Saptah 2019 will be celebrated from 2nd to 8th December and is themed as ” Towards Building A Healthy Nation- Surakshik Janani, Vikshit Dharini”.
The programme commenced with the lighting of ceremonial lamps by the chief guest and followed by the welcome address from Deputy Director,ICDS, SJ&W Dept, Shri G.M Subba wherein he presented a brief report and overview on PMMVY, a maternity benefit programme under Ministry of Women and Child Development,Govt of India before the gathering.
Following this,Project Director, Shri Phuchung Bhutia in his address spoke and briefly highlighted on the launch of Matru Vandana Saptah 2019.Further,he urged the gathering to increase the awareness of the ‘Scheme’ among the rura and urban beneficiaries.
Subsequently, Shri Santi Kr Pradhan,Project Supervisor, highlighted on the objectives, benefits and important guidelines under PMMVY.
The programme also saw a brief district wise presentation on the aims and objectives of Matru Vandana Saptah by the concerned CDPOs from all the districts. The concerned CDPOs from the respective district also presented a detailed overview of coverage since the implementation of schemes.
Additionally,Dr Anita highlighted and presented a brief summary on the objectives and provided an in-depth report on the present implementation status of Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), a centrally sponsored scheme under National Health Rural Mission.
She also added that the main objective of JSY is to increase institutional deliveries and reduction of Infant mortality rate in the state.
Lastly in her key note address before the gathering, Chief guest,Smt Dhan Jyoti Mukhia spoke on the need to create more awareness among the masses both at rural and urban level and directed the supervisors and CDPOs to take up more awareness campaign in all the districts of the State. She added that the launch of Matru Vandana Saptah will facilitate in getting more enrollment among both the rural and urban masses.
She mainly pointed out that the performance of Sikkim has not been up to the mark as per the target set up by the Centre,hence she urged the CDPOs and supervisors to put in an accelerated efforts to achieve the targets before the stipulated time set up by the Centre.
She also directed the concerned officials to streamline and improve the PMMVY benefit disbursement process.Additionally,she directed the CDPOs to tie up with the functionaries during the upcoming Gram Sabha to get more enrollment and ensure that no household remains uncovered.
She further mentioned about the importance of Aadhar linkages among the beneficiaries from both the rural and urban areas.She so spoke on the success of JSY in Sikkim and reiterated that the main objective of JSY is to increase the institutional deliveries and to ensure safe delivery and added that the institutional deliveries in the state have improved and child mortality rate has reduced in the state since the inception of the scheme.
She highlighted on the role of ASHA workers to increase the uptake of the scheme and urged them to improve their overall performances for which the Department will be incentivising top performers and top performing districts accordingly,she added.
Lastly, she highlighted on the series of activities to be undertaken by the Social Justice and Welfare Department which include organising awareness campaigns,football tournament,painting competition,flash mob,etc and urged the participants to be work more diligently and be actively involved in making the events a huge success.
The programme came to an end with the vote of thanks proposed by Ms Normit Lepcha,Nodal Officer,PMMVY,Social Justice and Welfare Department.