The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the
implementation of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) on pilot
basis in selected 52 districts during the remaining period of XI Five
Year Plan at a total cost of ` 1000 crore. The Scheme will be
implemented by using the infrastructure, personnel, systems and
structures of ICDS including support of health systems along with the
additional personnel on contractual basis as approved in the Scheme.
The Scheme will be centrally
sponsored with 100% assistance from the Centre. Accordingly, Rs.390
crore and Rs.610 crore have been allocated for 2010-11 and 2011-12
respectively. IGMSY will be implemented in all the Anganwadi Centres of
the selected 52 districts from all the States/UTs.
Under the scheme, Cash transfers will
be made to all pregnant and lactating women as incentives based on
fulfillment of specific conditions relating to mother and child health
and nutrition. All Government/PSUs (Central & State) employees will be
excluded from the scheme as they are entitled for paid maternity leave.
Each pregnant and lactating woman will receive a total cash incentive of
` 4000/- in three installments between the period from the second
trimester of pregnancy to the child attaining the age of 6 months.
It is expected that in the initial
years with cash incentives, around 13.8 lakh pregnant and lactating
women in 52 identified districts may avail of the benefit under the
scheme. 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.
IGMSY will be implemented by the
State / UTs through the existing State and District ICDS Cell supported
by additional contractual staff. Anganwadi worker (AWW) and Anganwadi
helper (AWH) 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 Ministry of Women and Child
Development will also be set up.
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 utilisation
during pregnancy, safe delivery and lactation; encouraging the women to
follow (optimal) Infant and Young Child Feeding practices (IYCF
practices) 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