Janani Suraksha Yojana

Written By Gautham Krishna   | Published on September 13, 2019

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Name of the Service Janani Suraksha Yojana
Department National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)

The Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) is a centrally sponsored scheme that is being implemented to reduce maternal and infant mortality by promoting institutional delivery among pregnant women. Under the JSY, eligible pregnant women are entitled to cash assistance irrespective of the age of the mother and number of children for giving birth in a government or accredited private health facility.  

Eligibility Criteria of Janani Suraksha Yojana

The scheme focuses on a poor pregnant women 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, Odisha, and Jammu and Kashmir.  While these States have been named Low Performing States (LPS) under the scheme, the remaining States/UTs have been named High Performing States (HPS). 

Documents Required for Janani Suraksha Yojana

BPL Card is required for getting the Benefits of Janani Suraksha Yojana. However, where BPL cards have not yet been issued or have not been updated, States/UTs would formulate a simple criterion for certification of the poor and needy status of the expectant mother’s family by empowering the gram pradhan or ward member.

Implementation of Janani Suraksha Yojana

The Yojana has identified ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) as an effective link between the Government and the poor pregnant women in 10 low performing states, namely the 8 EAG states and Assam and J&K and the remaining NE States. In other eligible states and UTs, wherever, AWW (Anganwadi workers) and TBAs or ASHA activist has been engaged in this purpose.

Janani Suraksha Yojana Card

Each beneficiary registered under this Yojana should have a JSY card along with a Mother-Child Health (MCH) card. ASHA/AWW/ any other identified link worker under the overall supervision of the ANM and the MO, PHC should mandatorily prepare a micro-birth plan.  This will effectively help in monitoring Antenatal check-ups, and post-delivery care.

Cash assistance for institutional delivery

As the cash assistance to the mother is mainly to meet the cost of delivery, it will be disbursed effectively at the institution itself.



Rural Area

Urban Area

Mother’s package

ASHA’s package*

Mother’s package

ASHA’s package**











LPS: Low Performing State

HPS: High Performing State

*ASHA package of Rs. 600 in rural areas include Rs. 300 for Ante  Natal Care (ANC) component and Rs. 300 for facilitating institutional delivery.

**ASHA package of Rs. 400 in urban areas include Rs. 200 for Ante  Natal Care (ANC) component and Rs. 200 for facilitating institutional delivery.

Cash assistance for home delivery

BPL pregnant women, who prefer to deliver at home, are entitled to cash assistance of Rs. 500 per delivery regardless of the age of pregnant women and the number of children. 


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