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.