Pregnant women and lactating mothers are eligible to receive a cash benefit of ₹5,000 in three instalments through direct benefit transfer from the women and child development ministry.
The Union cabinet on Wednesday made a decision to extend the maternity benefit scheme across India, under which pregnant and lactating mothers will get ₹6,000 for their first born child.
He said the PM in his address to the nation on December 31, 2016 had announced pan-India implementation of the programme.
The Maternity Benefit Program will be implemented on Pan-India basis with effect from January 1 this year.
The scheme excludes women employed by the central or state governments or public sector undertakings or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law.
Pregnant and lactating women will be entitled to Rs 1,000 at the registration of pregnancy, a second installment of Rs 2,000 at if they carry out at least one antenatal check-up after six months of pregnancy, and a third when the birth of the child is registered, and the child has its first cycle of vaccines, including BCG, OPV, DPT and hepatitis-B.
Government of India's share during the period between January 1, 2017 to March 3, 2020 comes to around Rs 7,932 crore, it further added.
The Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday decided eligible pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM) will now receive Rs 6,000 in almost all blocks and districts of the country for improving their health and nutrition status.
"At the rate of Rs 1,000 per month for 6 months, the scheme expenditure towards maternity benefits to 2.25 crore pregnant and lactating women works out to be Rs 14,512 crore per annum", said the report.
However, the beneficial scheme is limited to firstborns only.