Union government today gave its nod to the maternity benefit programme providing Rs 6,000 each to pregnant and lactating mothers. The scheme is restricted the scheme to firstborns only.
“A pregnant or lactating woman having her first child will get up to Rs 6,000. Out of this, Rs 5,000 will be given by the women and child development ministry in three instalments,” said Power Minister Piyush Goyal at a cabinet briefing today.
“All eligible Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM), excluding the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are in regular employment with the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertakings or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being. It has been decided to give the benefit of Rs.5000/- to PW&LM in three installment for the birth of the first live child by MWCD and the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards Maternity Benefit under existing programmes after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman will get ₹ 6000/-“government notified.
The mother will receive the initial Rs 1,000 after early registration of pregnancy, Rs 2,000 after at least one antenatal check-up (after six months of pregnancy) and Rs 2,000 after the child birth is registered and has received the first cycle of BCG, OPV, DPT and Hepatitis-B or its equivalent/substitute.
“The eligible beneficiaries would continue to receive the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards Maternity Benefit under existing programmes after institutional delivery, so that on an average, a woman will get Rs 6,000,” said an official release.
In his address to the nation on December 31 last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced pan-India expansion of the existing ‘Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana’, which was being implemented across 56 districts on pilot-basis since 2010.
Conditions and installments
Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are eligible will receive a cash benefit of Rs.5,000/- in three installment at the following stages as specified in the table given below:
|First installment||· Early Registration of Pregnancy.||1,000/-|
|Second installment||· Received at least one antenatal Check-up (after 6 months of pregnancy)||2,000/-|
|Third installment||· Child birth is registered.
· Child has received first cycle of BCG, OPV, DPT and Hepatitis-B or its equivalent/substitute.