On Wednesday the union cabinet approved the Maternity Benefits Program providing Rs 6,000 each to the pregnant woman, but the only First Born child will be benefited in this program. Power Minister Piyush Goyal said at a cabinet briefing on Wednesday that “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 installments”.
All the pregnants or lactating women are eligible to receive a cash benefit of Rs 5,000 in three installments through direct benefit transfer from the women and Child Development Ministry. While the scheme was for the women having their First Born child, he added the pilot scheme was applicable for the first two live births, said Power Minister.
The amount will be given in three installments.The first installment of Rs 1000 will receive after early registration of pregnancy, the second installment of Rs 2000 will receive after six-month pregnancy and installment of Rs 2000 will receive after the child birth is registered. The mother will also receive the first cycle of BCG, OPV, DPT and Hepatitis-B or its equivalent/substitute.
An official release said, “The eligible beneficiaries would continue to receive the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards Maternity Benefit under existing programs after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman will get Rs 6,000”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the expansion of the existing ‘Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana’ across the country, which was being implemented across 56 districts on a pilot basis since 2010, in his address the nation on 31 December last year.