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The proposed provision of nutritional food worth Rs. 20,000 for expectant mothers will be provided under the maternal health programme from this month, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today.

Addressing the cabinet news briefing, he said the government planned to implement the programme from March 21 as part of the government’s 100-day programme.

Accordingly all pregnant mothers who register themselves at government’s maternal clinics and who regularly attend the clinics will get this proposed concession on the recommendation of doctors.

The Minister said Rs. 2,000 would be given to expectant mothers monthly during the final six months of pregnancy and in the first four months after the birth of the baby.

The Divisional Secretaries with the assistance of doctors and family health officials serving in Maternal Clinics will implement this programme under the supervision of District Secretariats, Government Agents under the scrutiny of the State Ministry of Child Affairs, the minister said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

Video by Lahiru Pothmulla

  Comments - 11

  • Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 06 March 2015 09:55 AM

    You are so great Doctor Rajitha.... if this is done, no-one can shake this Government.

    Bubble Banda Friday, 06 March 2015 09:56 AM

    Good move Sir.... will this happen in action or only by papers.

    Horri Jimonis Friday, 06 March 2015 09:57 AM

    Is this matter also like Port City - Hon. Minister? Keep up your words Sir.

    Sallay Friday, 06 March 2015 10:44 AM

    No religion allows a person to have 7 wives.Islam allows upto 4 wives on conditions.

    Citizen Friday, 06 March 2015 10:47 AM

    Wickremaratne - this is the first time I ever heard about a faith in sri lanka who allows "7" wives. Get your facts correct before you point your finger towards others. Otherwise you end up in public appearing like a frog in the well..

    Azee Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:08 PM

    Is this allowance given regardless of whether it is the 1st or 12th pregnancy This may contribute to a population explosion via DM Android App

    sss Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:31 PM

    instead give them nutrition and healthcare. the men in their lives spend this money on booze

    Wickremaratne Thursday, 05 March 2015 07:43 PM

    All know that people belonging to one specific faith in Sri lanka makes too many children per family (Because they can marry up to 7 wives) . From now on they will make more and more kids destroying the balance of the population. Must be this is one of the promises they gave prior to the last election.

    don Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:14 PM

    you give that money to rich families with one can have 7 wife.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 06 March 2015 07:40 AM

    Will this also be like the 15% interest for senior citizens? That was a farce, heavily conditioned/strings attached, eligible only for a very few.

    Lankan Friday, 06 March 2015 12:46 PM

    Wikramaratna The reason why this country is like this is because of people like you small minds. Lets build a peaceful Sri Lanka and respect each others faiths. All faith teaches good and guides good. Learn your facts first via DM Android App

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