The state government of Assam has launched wage compensation scheme for pregnant women in tea gardens. Assam is the first state in India to offer a Wage Compensation Scheme for pregnant women working in the tea gardens of the state. Under this scheme the pregnant women will be given Rs. 12000 to take care of unborn baby. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched this scheme in Guwahati.
More than 60,000 women will be benefited under this scheme by the state government of Assam and the compensation of wages to pregnant women will be given in four installments. The scheme will reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality in the the tea areas.
State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the scheme will provide better health and nutrition supplements to the pregnant women. The women who are pregnant and working in tea gardens will be the beneficiaries under this scheme and they will also be provided holidays after the delivery under this scheme.
Key Highlights of Pregnant Women Compensation Scheme Assam
The state government of Assam has launched this scheme to provide various benefits for pregnant women and for the unborn babies.
- The pregnant women will be provided Rs. 12000 under this scheme so that that they can take care of unborn baby and themselves without compromising the livelihood of their family.
- The government will give the amount of Rs. 12000 in 4 installments – Rs 2,000 in the first trimester, Rs 4,000 in the second trimester, Rs 3,000 for institutional delivery and Rs 3,000 for registration of the child’s birth.
- Under this scheme the pregnant women will also be given maternity leave and they will not be engaged in work from the third trimester of pregnancy to three months after delivery.
- Along with the financial assistance they will also get money for ante-natal care and first cycle of immunization of the child.
- Around 60,ooo women will be benefited under this scheme and this scheme will reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality in the tea areas.
Objective & Background
Assam government has launched this scheme after making a survey of the pregnant women in the state and with some objectives discussed below.
- In a survey the Assam govt. found that mortality rate of women working in the tea plantations of the state if unusually very high.
- In the Annual Health Survey of 2012-13, Assam recorded one of the highest maternal mortality rates in India, with over 300 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
- The bulk of the workforce in Assam’s tea gardens is women and a huge number of women keep working during pregnancy so they will be given financial assistance for better nutrition and supplements to them.
The MMR in the state’s tea gardens was even higher, as it was recorded to be 404. The national average during 2014-16 was 130. Further, almost 50 percent of the pregnant women aged between 15 and 49 years in the state were recorded to be anaemic, which is a leading contributor to maternal mortality. The bulk of the workforce in Assam’s tea gardens is women.