Maternity Benefit Programme


Since 2005, JSY pays Rs.1,400 to poor women who deliver in a hospital, for the first two deliveries.

National Food Security Act (2013) mandated the payment of no less than Rs.6,000 to all pregnant women, irrespective of their income status.

So the Ministry has formulated Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana.

It was implemented using the platform of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme and in selected 53 districts across the country.

MBP is the Pan-India Expansion of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana.

The Scheme provides cash incentives to pregnant and lactating women.

  1. for the wage loss so that the woman can take adequate rest before and after delivery;
  2. to improve her health and nutrition during the period of pregnancy and lactation;
  3. to breastfeed the child during the first six months of the birth, which is very vital for the development of the child.



    All Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM), excluding those in regular employment with the Government or PSUs or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being are eligible.

    The cash incentive is payable in three instalments for the first two live births in three
    stages