Two-Child restriction removed from national Janani Suraksha Yojana and National Maternity Benefit scheme

Till now, Janani Suraksha Yojana scheme provided the cash assistance for institutional delivery to BPL/SC/ST women aged 19 years and only up to two live births.  
Anuradha Gupta,Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), announced on May 22, 2013 that two-child restriction as an eligibility criteria in JSY and NMBS has been removed. Anuradha Gupta said that “The decision was taken after it was realised that a majority of women, who needed JSY benefits, remained out of purview of the scheme because they had to prove that they were 19 years of age and had no more than two children“. All women from BPL category, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in all States and Union Territories will be eligible for JSY benefits if they have given birth in a government or private accredited health facility. BPL women who prefer to deliver at home can also get JSY benefits.
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About coalitiontcn

The Coalition on Two Child Norm and Coercive Population Policies is a group of individuals and organisations interested in addressing the issue of coercive population policies pushed by different states in India, especially the Two Child Norm (TCN). The recent examples of attempts to impose the TCN have come from states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar. Activists including organisations and individuals from various states have expressed interest in a need for a Coalition that will anchor advocacy with the state governments to (a) prevent them from implementing the norm where it is not yet implemented but proposals towards the same have been expressed in public (b) advocate for removal of TCN through and build evidence to highlight its negative implications in states where it is already implemented. The Coalition is hosted at Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ, New Delhi).

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