Pro-Poor Maternity Benefit Schemes and Rural Women Findings from Tamil Nadu

P Balasubramanian, T K Sundari Ravindran

Economic & Political Weekly EPW june 23, 2012 vol xlviI no 25

A cross-sectional study based on women benefi ciaries under the Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefi t Scheme in fi ve districts of Tamil Nadu shows that scheduled caste and landless women in the sample were disadvantaged in receiving benefi ts. Overall, only one-fourth of the women who delivered fi rst or second order births in the sample received monetary assistance under the scheme.

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