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The National Food Security Act, 2013 guarantees every* pregnant and lactating mother (during pregnancy and six months after child birth) 
- a free meal at the local anganwadi
- maternity benefits of atleast Rs 6,000 in installments

In addition, there are two schemes for maternity entitlements with nearly identical application procedures:
Scheme EligibilityApplication Process

Indira Gandhi Matrutva Sahyog Yojana
in 52 districts

Pregnant and lactating women

Above 19 years of age

For first or second live birth

Not government or PSU employee or spouse
Register in the local anganwadi centre

Open a bank/post office account

Register for aadhar

Ensure services by the AWW or ANM are noted in the MCP card
Rs 4000 in 3 installments:

Rs 1500: 6 months after pregnancy
Rs 1500: 3 months after delivery
Rs 1000: 6 months after delivery

Ministry of Women and Child Development

Janani Suraksha Yojana

Lactating mothers

Below poverty line

Register in the local primary health care centre

Open a bank/post office account

Register for aadhar

Possess a Below Poverty Line card (only in some states)

Ensure ante-natal and post-natal services are noted by the ANM in the MCP card

Rs 600-1400 within 5 days of pregnancy

Ministry of Health and Family W
*Except those pregnant and lactating women who are in regular employment with the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertakings or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law


IGMSY: Implementation Guidelines for State Governments/UT Administrations - English - Hindi
One-Page Information Pamphlet of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) - English Hindi 

On 11th April 2017  the government in its affidavit to in the writ petition 277 of 215 has promised the Supreme Court that maternity entitlement or Rs 6000 will be paid to ALL pregnant women with effect from 1st January 2017 - English

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