Age limit for Financial Assistance under JSY for Institutional Deliveries Relaxed

May 22, 2013 16:55 IST

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 21 May 2013 relaxed the eligibility parameters for the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), with an expectation of reducing the neonatal and maternal mortality in young mothers. Janani Suraksha Yojana provides financial assistance to mothers for institutional deliveries. With the relaxation of the scheme, the women who belong to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category can get an access to JSY benefits irrespective of their age and the number of Children they have.

The benefits of the scheme is extended to every women from BPL Category as well as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from all States and Union Territories of the country if they give birth to the new one in Government as well as the Private accredited health facility, as well as to those women from BPL category who delivers at home (as part of their choice).  

About the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY)

Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) is a safe motherhood intervention under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) that is implemented with the objective of reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality by promoting institutional delivery among the poor pregnant women. The Yojana, launched on 12 April 2005, by the Prime Minister, is being implemented in all states and UTs with special focus on low performing states.

JSY is a 100 % centrally sponsored scheme and it integrates cash assistance with delivery and post-delivery care. The success of the scheme would be determined by the increase in institutional delivery among the poor families

Eligibility for Cash Assistance (before relaxation)

LPS States

All pregnant women delivering in Government health centres like Sub-centre, PHC/CHC/ FRU / general wards of District and state Hospitals or accredited private institutions

HPS States

BPL - pregnant women, aged 19 years and above

LPS & HPS

All SC and ST women delivering in a government health centre like Sub-centre, PHC/CHC/ FRU / general ward of District and state Hospitals or accredited private institutions

Reason behind Age Relaxation

The decision of relaxing the age parameters for the JSY came up after the Government realized that the majority of women who could have been benefitted with the scheme needed to prove that they were above 19 years in age and didn’t had more than two children. Because of the initial parameters that existed under the purview of the JSY scheme, the JSY failed to respond to the maternal mortality of the girls aged 14-15 (who suffered maximum), as they didn’t succeeded in getting the age verification as well as the number of children they had.

The Union Health Ministry data claims that after the launch of the scheme, there has been an increase in the institutional deliveries of from 47 percent in 2007-08 to 72.9 percent in 2009 (Coverage Evaluation Survey).

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