Health activists said that with the Aadhar linking mandatory, many women will not get the benefit of the government scheme.
Malnutrition in the tribal and rural areas, is the biggest challenge, the government machinery facing. And to reduce the rising mother and child mortality rates is a herculean task before the state machinery. To help the pregnant and lactating mothers, the government launched ‘Amrit Aahar Yojana.’ And to help the adolescents girls get nutritious food ‘Sabala Yojana’ was pressed into action.
But on March 31, Women and Child Welfare secretary, Maharashtra, Vinita Ved Singhal, sent a letter to all concern officials.
The letter states:
- Under the ‘Sabala Yojana,’ benefits will be given to those who have Aadhar card linked to the scheme.
- The union government has made it clear that benefits will be given only to those who have Aadhar card.
- Under these schemes, no benefit will be given without linking the Aadhar card to the scheme.
- All concerned officials will look into the matter and send a report to this office.
But, the government’s decision to make Aadhar mandatory has not gone down well with health activists. Vinod Shende, member of Jan Aarogya Samiti, an NGO which works for the patient’s rights says, “To get nutritious benefits the government has made Aadhar card compulsory. This decision will have its own repercussions. The number of families in rural areas, often shift their base in search for food and work. These families are very poor. If Aadhar is made mandatory they will be left out.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Chitra Wagh, a NCP leader said, “If at all the government wants to reduce the rates of mother and child mortality in the country, they should not put up a condition like this. Making Aadhar mandatory to seek health benefits is wrong. 25,000 kids and infants die in Maharashtra due to malnutrition. Still, the government wants to make Aadhar compulsory to get the benefits.”