The lack of awareness and unavailability of documents leads to fewer beneficiaries under the JSY scheme
Bengaluru: Fewer women, in Urban Bangalore applied for the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) which promotes safe delivery by reducing maternal and neo natal mortality.
JSY was introduced as a part of the National rural health Mission in 2005. In order to become a beneficiary under the scheme, one needs to have official documents such as Aadhar card, Ration Card, BPL card and a bank account in their name. However, 30 to 40 percent of the women living in slums do not possess the required documents. A good number of women also suffer from a lack of awareness about the scheme.
Padmavati M, 21, a resident of Gulbarga Slum, Jayanagar, said, “I have aadhar card, BPL card and bank account. I had my delivery 4 months ago in Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, but I do not know about the Janani Suraksha Yojana.”
Another resident of the area, Girilakshmi M, 24, said, “My daughter was born on April 24, 2021. I do not have my aadhar card and my BPL card and I have no clue about the Janani suraksha Yojana.”
She added that since they were not aware of the scheme, they had to pay an amount of Rs. 12,000 for institutional delivery which became financially difficult for them.
Mrs Poornima Jayadev, the resident medical officer of Jayanagar general hospital said, “The Janani Suraksha Yojana is very good but very less people apply for the yojana.”
She added that majority of the people who came to apply for the scheme did not have any of the documents required for the scheme.
Dr. Shruthi Shetty, Assistant Professor, Community Health, Sapthagiri Medical College, Heserghatta, said, “In urban areas one is not aware where they have to go to get the documents done, what documents are required, what schemes are actually available in those areas.”
She added that it was extremely important to educate the people about the various schemes that have been launched by the government so that they could benefit from them.
Since majority of the women are not under the scheme, childbirth becomes an expensive affair for them as they have to pay their own hospital bills.