Haryana: The Centre on Wednesday launched an ambitious national programme in Mewat, Haryana.
This is in order to provide free services to pregnant women for deliveries and neo-natal care, if needed, up to a month after birth.
However the facility will be available to all women in government health institutions in both rural and urban settings, and is expected to benefit over one crore women annually.
Launching the Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram, a Central scheme sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from Mewat - a predominantly Muslim area in Haryana here, Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance said the UPA government had always tried to give women their dues, Constitutionally and legally. "If 50 per cent of the population lags behind, a Nation cannot progress," she said, while admitting that the government was aware of the difficulties faced by women in proving their talent due to social barriers.