Friday, November 25, 2011

Indira Gandhi
Matritva Sahyog
Yojana (IGMSY)
October 24th, 2010
The Cabinet Committee
on Economic Affairs
(CCEA) has approved
the implementation of
Indira Gandhi Matritva
Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY)
on pilot basis in
selected 52 districts
during the remaining
period of 11th five year
plan at a total cost of `
1,000 crore.
The objectives of the
scheme are to improve
the health and nutrition
status of pregnant,
lactating women and
infants by promoting
appropriate practices,
care and service
utilization during
pregnancy, safe
delivery and
lactation; encouraging
the women to follow
(optimal) Infant and
Young Child Feeding
practices (IYCF),
including early and
exclusive breast
feeding for the first six
months and
contributing to better
enabling environment
by providing cash
incentives for improved
health and nutrition to
pregnant and nursing
Cash Incentive:
This scheme envisages
the cash transfers to
be made to all pregnant
and lactating women as
incentives based on
fulfillment of specific
conditions relating to
mother and child health
and nutrition.
In this scheme each
pregnant and lactating
woman will receive a
total cash incentive of `
4,000 in three
installments from the
second trimester of
pregnancy to the child
attaining the age of six
The beneficiaries would
be pregnant women
of 19 years of age
and above
for first two live
births (benefit for still
births will be as per the
norms of scheme).
Each beneficiary will
be required to open
individual account
(if she does not
have one already) in
the nearest bank
or the post office
for cash transfer.
The scheme will be
implemented by
using the
personnel, systems
and structures of
Integrated Child
Services (ICDS)
including support of
health systems
along with the
additional personnel
on contractual
basis as approved
in the scheme.
This scheme excludes
all government or PSUs
(Central and state)
employees because
they are entitled for
paid maternity leave.
The scheme will be a
100% centrally
sponsored scheme
and ` 390 crore and `
610 crore have been
allocated for 2010-11
and 2011-12
IGMSY will be
implemented in all the
Anganwadi Centers of
the selected 52
districts from all the
states or union
territories. IGMSY will
be implemented by the
state/UTs through the
existing state and
district ICDS cell
supported by additional
contractual staff.
Incentives to
Anganwadi Workers:
Anganwadi worker and
Anganwadi helper will
receive an incentive of `
200 and ` 100
respectively per
pregnant and lactating
woman after all the due
cash transfers to the
beneficiary are
complete. There will be
steering and monitoring
committees at all levels
to oversee
implementation and
monitor the progress.
An IGMSY cell within
the Women and
Child Development
Ministry will also be
set up.