17th March, 2018

Janani Suraksha Yojana


  • Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) is a safe motherhood programme being implemented under the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) with the aim to decrease maternal and infant mortality by encouraging poor pregnant women to deliver in health institutions.
  • Launched on 12th April 2005, it is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme which integrates cash incentives with institutional care during pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery period.
  • To implement the scheme, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) work as crucial links between the public health system and the poor pregnant women in order to facilitate institutional delivery and medical care.
  • The scheme is implemented in all the states/UTs with special focus on states having low rate of institutional deliveries. Such states are known as Low Performing States (LPS) whereas the remaining states are termed as High Performing States (HPS).


The eligibility criteria for cash assistance are classified differently for LPS and HPS states.

  • In LP States, all pregnant women are eligible who deliver in government health centres or accredited private health institutions.
  • In HP States, only BPL pregnant women who are 19 years and above are eligible.
  • In HP & LP States, all ST/SC women are eligible who deliver in government health centres or accredited private institutions.
  • Cash assistance for institutional delivery is extended to all births in LP states and only up to two births in HP states.


The scheme offers institutional care, medical and financial help to pregnant women including pre-delivery and post-delivery services for the mother and the child. The scheme also helps in reducing infant and maternity mortality rate. Cash assistance helps women to meet the delivery cost

  • In LP states, beneficiaries who belong to rural areas receive cash assistance of Rs. 1400 and those who are from urban areas receive Rs. 1000.
  • In HP states, beneficiaries who come from rural areas get coverage of Rs. 700 and those belonging to urban areas receive Rs. 600.
  • Cash assistance of Rs. 500 is provided to eligible women who prefer to deliver at home.
  • Cash assistance up to Rs. 1500 is available in cases of caesarian delivery or during obstetric complications.
  • Cash assistance for referral transport to go to health centre for delivery.
  • The scheme also offers cash incentives for ASHA and Anganwadi health workers.

Documents Required

The documents required for availing the scheme are:

  • Address Proof
  • Identity Proof for Age
  • SC/ST Certificate for such beneficiaries
  • Aadhar Card/Ration Card(APL/BPL)/Bank Passbook
  • Attested Copy of Income Certificate of self and parents
  • Certificate for any other scheme from which one gets benefits

How to Apply

The scheme forms are available online in the official website which needs to be filled (via online or offline mode) with personal and occupational details. After submitting the form, the beneficiary will receive Service Request Numbers for tracking her application status as well as for reference while approaching health department officials.

Alternatively, the beneficiary should get in touch with ASHA or Anganwadi workers. These health workers will help beneficiaries to register at health centres as well as obtain necessary documents like the JSY & MCH Card. They will also prepare a Micro-Birth Plan for beneficiaries with dates for antenatal check-up, place of delivery and post-delivery care. The JSY card and other documents of the beneficiary will be verified by a medical officer two weeks before expected date of delivery. Beneficiaries will then receive cash benefit at the time of institutional delivery.

Relevant Links:

You can find the detailed information at:

Contact Information

National Health Mission,
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi-110011

Name & Designation Contact Details
Dr. Suresh K. Mohammed Dir. (RCH & NHM-II)
Tele : 23061333
Fax : 23061333
Email : suresh.mohammed@nic.in

Details of other officials at the Department of Health & Family Welfare can be accessed at http://mohfw.nic.in/showsfile.php?lid=1674.