Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana

Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana is a scheme implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for assisting pregnant and lactating women who are 19 years or above in age. It offers cash benefits to mothers for the first two live births.

The Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) is a maternity benefit scheme launched by the erstwhile UPA government under Manmohan Singh in 2010. The scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and offers cash benefits to pregnant and lactating women who are 19 years or above in age. The benefits of the scheme are limited to the first 2 live births only.

The scheme offers partial wage compensation to the target women so as to help them financially in times of childbirth and childcare. The scheme will help in offering safe delivery conditions as well as good feeding and nutrition practices.

Objectives of IGMSY

There are three main objectives of the scheme:

  1. Cash incentives to to-be mothers and new mothers so that they have access to better nutrition and health standards.
  2. Encourage women to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months and practice best feeding and nutrition standards.
  3. Promoting better care and service utilization in times of pregnancy, delivery and lactation.

Who can benefit from this scheme?

19 years old women and above, who are giving live birth for the first and second times are eligible for the benefits under this scheme. The amount entitled to them is Rs.6,000, which is to be distributed in 2 instalments of Rs.3,000 each. The contributions will be made on the following criteria:

  • First instalment to be released if the pregnancy has been registered at Anganwadi Centre (AWC) not more than 4 months of conception; if the mother has attended at least 1 prenatal care session; if the mother has taken TT and Iron-folic tablets; and attended at least 1 counselling centre at any healthcare centre or AWC.
  • Second instalment to be disbursed when the mother registers the birth, immunizes the child for BCG and OPV at respective intervals of 6 and 10 weeks and attends not less than 2 growth monitoring session in the first 3 months since childbirth.
  • The mother needs to breastfeed children for 6 months and attend 2 more growth monitoring sessions within the 3rd to 6th months since childbirth.

Current status

The scheme, which went under the umbrella of the National Food Security Act, is to provide Rs.6,000 as cash maternity benefit to the target audience. The scheme is currently in operation in more than 50 districts in the country and is aiming to cover 200 districts in the next fiscal 2015-16.

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