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What is the Janani Suraksha Yojana Scheme?
Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), an intervention program for would-be and new mothers, is an initiative of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). It is aimed at controlling maternal and neo-natal mortality by making institutional delivery services accessible and affordable among poor pregnant women. It is a centrally sponsored scheme that is implemented across States and Union Territories in India.
Janani Suraksha Yojana was launched on 12th April 2005 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, with special focus on low performing states. It integrates cash assistance with delivery and post-delivery care. It is supervised by the Ministry of Health & Family.
The Yojana closely collaborates with ASHA, the accredited healthcare group, which acts as a bridge between the Government and the poor pregnant women in 10 low performing states. These states include the 8 EAG states, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, and the North Eastern States. In all the other eligible states and UTs, AWW (Anganwadi workers) and TBAs or social activists like ASHA have been designated to carry out the responsibilities on behalf of the Government.
Note: All information has been sourced from the official website of National Health Portal of India
Below are the features and benefits of Janani Suraksha Yojana:
Cash Assistance in the graded scale: Another objective of the scheme is to reduce maternal mortality by promoting deliveries at health institutions by qualified professionals like doctors and nurses. Cash assistance is offered to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families to encourage institutional delivery.
Incentives for ASHA or an equivalent worker: Since Child Survival and Safe Motherhood (CSSM) programme, several traditional birth attendants, known as ‘Dai’, have been trained. These workers are integrated into the delivery care services, under this scheme.
Individuals belonging to the following category are eligible for the benefits offered by Janani Suraksha Yojana:
The following are the initiatives undertaken by PACS along with JSY:
Here’s how the initiative has impacted women:
You can apply for Janani Suraksha Yojana by following these simple steps:
The authenticity of the details provided by you will be verified, after which a JYS card will be sent to you through post or via ASHA workers. For the offline method, take a print out of the form after filling up your personal details. Attach the essential document proofs and then submit it at an ASHA or Anganwadi center.
Janani Suraksha Yojana is an initiative to financial support pregnant women with neonatal and post-natal care of poor women from both rural and urban India. It specializes in offering medical facilities and compensation for women who cannot finance these healthcare services on their own. The scheme benefits are especially customized for pregnant women of low performing states to help them access effective and affordable health care.