Reducing maternal and infant mortality by promoting institutional delivery among pregnant women.
- Pregnant woman
- New born babies (neonates)
- It is under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and is a centrally sponsored scheme
- Eligible pregnant women are entitled for cash assistance irrespective of the age of mother and number of children for giving birth in a government or accredited private health facility.
- BPL pregnant women, who prefer to deliver at home, are entitled to a cash assistance of Rs. 500 per delivery regardless of the age of Pregnant women and number of Children.
- Focuses on poor pregnant woman in all states with a special dispensation for low performing states.
- The scheme focuses on poor pregnant woman with a special dispensation for states that have low institutional delivery rates, namely, the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Rajasthan, Orissa, and Jammu and Kashmir. While these states have been named Low Performing States (LPS), the remaining states have been named High Performing states (HPS).
- Performance based incentives to women health volunteers known as ASHA (accredited social health activist) for promoting institutional delivery among pregnant women.
- A small cash assistance is also given for home deliveries.