Sat. Nov 27th, 2021

Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana

The government’s flagship maternity benefits programme, Pradhan Mantri Matriva Vandana Yojana, was launched in 2016. Previously known as Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana, PMMVY is a conditional cash transfer scheme for all pregnant and lactating women for their first live birth. It aims to ensure conditions for a safe delivery and partial wage loss to the mother during childbirth and child care.

The nodal ministry for PMMVY is the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Both the central and the state government closely monitor this scheme through PMMVY- Common Application Software, a web-based software application that tracks the status of the scheme beneficiaries. This helps in better and accountable grievance restitution.

Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana


The objective of this scheme is threefold:

  • To promote good nutrition and feeding practices to reduce malnutrition in children and infant mortality.

        To compensate for wage loss to enable the mother to take proper and adequate rest before and after the pregnancy.


  • To promote the use of health services before and while giving birth to reduce health risks and diseases.


To avail the benefits, pregnant or lactating mothers must be at least 19 years of age. It also has to be the first child. Women who receive similar benefits from similar laws or working in the PSUs, with the central or state governments are not eligible for this scheme. 5000 Rs in three instalments are provided after the completion of early registration of pregnancy, antenatal check-up, registration of birth and the first cycle of vaccination. The scheme asks mothers to breastfeed for the first 6 months and to attend 2 counselling sessions between the child’s 3 to 6 months age.

The Government of India funds the scheme as grants to the respective state governments which in turn administers the implementation of the schemes.

India accounts for 17% of all maternal deaths in the world. Infant mortality estimate is 32 per 1000 live birth. The primary cause of this issue is poor nutrition and lack of medical care during pregnancy and childbirth.

Subhangee Guha

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