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Union Cabinet approves pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

May 18, 2017 12:16 IST

The Union Cabinet, presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 17 May 2017 gave ex-post facto approval to Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program.

The Program has been extended to all districts of the country with effect from 1 January 2017.

The Maternity Benefit Program will grant compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery and not be deprived of proper nutrition.

The total cost of the proposal for the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2020 including Union and State Governments share is Rs. 12661 crore. The Government of India’s share during the period is around Rs. 7932 crore.

Goals of the Maternity Benefit Program

To provide partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the woman can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child.

The cash incentives provided would lead to improved health seeking behaviour amongst the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mother to reduce the effects of under-nutrition namely stunting, wasting and other related problems.

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Target Group of the Scheme

All Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers are eligible for the scheme.

However, Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are in regular employment with the Union Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertakings or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being do not come under the ambit of the scheme.

The Pregnant Women and Lactating Mother will be given the benefit of Rs. 5000 in three instalments for the birth of the first live child by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development 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 Rs. 6000.

Conditions and instalments of the Scheme

Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are eligible will receive a cash benefit of Rs. 5000 in three instalments at the following stages:

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Conditions

Amount (in INR)

First instalment

• Early Registration of Pregnancy

1000

Second instalment

• Received at least one antenatal Check-up (after 6 months of pregnancy)

2000

Third instalment

• Child birth is registered

• Child has received first cycle of BCG, OPV, DPT and Hepatitis-B or its equivalent/substitute

2000

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