The central government is planning a special programme focusing on 250 districts in states such as Bihar and Chhattisgarh that are lagging behind in maternal and child health. "The maternal mortality rate is 230 per lakh live births at present in India. We are progressing at a rate of four per cent per year since 1990, but more needs to be done," Health Secretary Sujatha Rao said at a press conference here. "While some states have done well, some like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and some other northern states are lagging far behind. The focus is to improve health services in these states," Rao said, reports IANS.