On Wednesday, the Cabinetgave the green signal to the maternity benefit program providing Rs.6,000 to lactating women.
Power Minister, Piyush Goyal, revealed,
A pregnant or lactating woman’s first child will get up to Rs 6,000. Out of this, Rs 5,000 will be given by the women and child development ministry in three installments.
The official press release on the matter read,
The eligible beneficiaries would continue to receive the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards Maternity Benefit under existing programmes after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman will get Rs 6,000.
On December 31 last year, PM Modi announced the pan-India expansion of the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana after its success at the pilot stage.