Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY)
- Running since 2010 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, IGMSY is a maternity benefit scheme that provides conditional cash benefits to pregnant and lactating women aged 18 years and above for first two live births.
- Leveraging the platform of Integrated Child Development Programme, it was introduced as a pilot project in 52 districts across the country.
- The scheme partially compensates women for their wage-loss incurred during childbirth and childcare and aims to improve their health and nutrition during pregnancy and childcare.
- It encourages optimal nutrition and feeding practices, including exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. It promotes better care and institutional service utilization during pregnancy, delivery and lactation.
- It is a centrally sponsored scheme under which amount is given to state governments/UTs as grant-in-aids under the Direct Transfer Benefit Programme.
- All pregnant women aged 18 years and above.
- The scheme is valid for the first two live births only.
- Applicant MUST NOT be entitled to any form of paid maternity leave
- Beneficiary or her husband MUST NOT be a central or state government employee
- If maternal and child health conditions are found satisfactory, cash benefits are bestowed to beneficiaries in two installments:
- The first installment will be released in the third trimester if the pregnancy is registered at the Anganwadi Centre (AWC) within 4 months of conception; the mother should attend at least one pre-natal care session and one counseling session at the AWC or healthcare centre; she should also take iron-folic acid tablets and TT (tetanus toxoid injection).
- The second installment will be released 3 months after delivery when the mother gets the birth registered; gets the child immunized with OPV, DPT and BCG at birth, at 6 weeks and 10 weeks; if mother attends at least 3 growth monitoring session and at least two counseling session on infant and child nutrition and feeding between the third and six month of delivery; lastly, mother should exclusively breastfeed the child for six months and introduce complimentary feeding thereafter.
- After IGMSY scheme was brought under the National Food Security Act 2013, eligible pregnant women receive a revised cash compensation of Rs 6000/- in two installments of Rs 3000/- each in the third trimester and three months after pregnancy.
- Nutritional and health support for pregnant women including pre and post delivery care
- The scheme strives to eradicate maternal mortality, infant and child mortality through child immunization, cash benefits, counseling services.
The documents required for availing the scheme are:
- Birth certificate
- Age & Residence Proof
- Any of the following documents viz. Voter’s ID, Ration Card, Bank Passbook, PAN card, Driving License, Passport, MGNREGA Card
How to Apply
If an applicant fulfills the eligibility criteria of the scheme, she needs to:
• Register at the AWC immediately after pregnancy
• Sign an undertaking stating that the information provided is true
• Open a bank/post office account so that cash benefits can be transferred to it.
• Ask for services to be provided by Anganwadi Workers and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM)
Every beneficiary will be issued a Mother and Child Protection Card (MCP) Card as a verification tool and to ensure that services for the beneficiary are marked in it.
You can find the detailed information at:
Ministry of Women and Child Development,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi – 110001