STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 1 October
Celebrating the success of covering one million mothers under Mamata scheme, the state&’s initiative for pregnant women and infants, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today claimed that the programme has been considered as a model by the Planning Commission as well as the Union women and child development ministry.
Describing it as a historic day, Mr Patnaik launched “Mamata Utsav”, a month-long celebration programme to be held in all block headquarters while attending a state-level function here.
He further observed that it is the most successful cash transfer scheme exclusively for women done by any state government.
“An amount of Rs 376 crores has been disbursed directly to the bank accounts of women across the state through e-transfer. The women covered under Mamata, have operational bank accounts in their names in the state,” he said.
Launched in 2011  to provide partial wage compensation to pregnant women during the last two trimesters, the scheme stresses on the provision of nutrition and health to all pregnant women.
“The speciality of this scheme is that it provides near universal coverage to ensure that not a single eligible mother is left out,” he said.