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Recently released report by an Indian Organization has studied the data related to Direct Benefit Transfer payments of a scheme(X). “A substantial number of payments (28% of all Aadhaar-based payments, of 31.29 lakh) for the Centre’s maternity benefit scheme are going to different bank accounts than what had been provided by the beneficiaries. Sometimes these are even untraceable by beneficiaries and field functionaries. It is a prime cause for dissatisfaction among beneficiaries, which needs to be addressed on an urgent basis,” the report says about the implementation of the scheme based on the data collected until March 31, 2019. 66% of the direct benefit transfers were based on Aadhaar. The report says a telephone survey of 5,525 beneficiaries, conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, revealed that only 60% were aware of the receipt of the benefits and the bank accounts to which the money was transferred.
The report has called for “simplification in documentation and operational rules” to avoid delays. It has proposed to “rationalize” the mandatory waiting period of 180 days before the second instalment is released as well as the compulsory birth certificate for the release of the third instalment.
This is the second report released by the government on the implementation of _______(1)________. It scores the States and Union Territories to measure their readiness to execute the programme across four themes: governance and institutional mechanism; strategy and planning; service delivery and capacities; and programme activities and intervention coverage. The States were divided into large and small categories for a better comparison.
The report calls for improving funds utilization, which was at 20% in large States, 42% in small States and 5% in Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Kerala, Delhi and Goa. It also highlights the need to address gaps in growth- monitoring devices at anganwadis, pointing out that only 27.6% anganwadi workers were given smartphones to record data and only 35% had devices like weighing scales to measure important nutritional parameters. “It is imperative to ensure that the basic equipment required to conduct growth monitoring is procured and distributed urgently,” the report says.
Which of the following has released the report mentioned in the passage?
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Ministry of Women and Child Development
Department of Women and Child Development
None of the above
One in three Aadhaar-based payments for the Centre’s maternity benefit scheme, or Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), was credited to a wrong bank account, according to a progress report on Poshan Abhiyaan (Nutrition Mission) released by the NITI Aayog in February, 2020.
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