Janani Suraksha Yojana or JSY is an intervention program for pregnant women and new mothers that was launched in the year 2005 by India’s then Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. It is an initiative of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The aim of this scheme is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by making institutional delivery services affordable and accessible to poor pregnant women in India. The Janani Suraksha Yojana is sponsored by the Central Government of India and is implemented in all states and union territories of the country with special attention to low performing states.
With this scheme, cash assistance is provided with delivery and post-delivery care under supervision from the Ministry of Health & Family. Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) closely works with the JSY scheme and acts as a medium between the government and the poor pregnant women in 10 low performing states. In this article, we will talk about the details of the Janani Suraksha Yojana, its various features, benefits, and more.