- To improve the health and nutrition status of pregnant & lactating women and infants by:
- Promoting appropriate practices, care and service utilisation during pregnancy, safe delivery and lactation;
- Encouraging the women to follow (optimal) IYCF practices including early and exclusive breast feeding for the first six months;
- Contributing to better enabling environment by providing cash incentives for improved health and nutrition to pregnant and lactating mothers.
- Pregnant Women of 19 years of age and above for first two live births (benefit for still births would be as per the guidelines of scheme)
- All Government/PSUs (Central & State) employees would be excluded from the scheme as they are entitled for paid maternity leave.
- Percent literate Female Population (Age 7+),
- Mothers registered in the first trimester when they were pregnant with last live birth/still birth (%),
- Mothers who had at least 3 Ante-Natal care visits during the last pregnancy (%),
- Institutional births (%),
- Children (12-23 months) fully immunized (BCG, 3 doses each of DPT, and Polio and Measles) (%) and
- Children breastfed within one hour of birth (%).
ASHA and other health workers should ensure that every pregnant woman registered under the IGMSY receives the required ANCs. In order to receive the cash benefits under the IGMSY, every pregnant mother would have to mandatorily attend at least one ANC. Monthly supply of Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) tablets would be given to every pregnant woman at the AWC or Health centre or during ANC during this period, along with tetanus vaccination due. Nutrition and health education would also be carried out by the AWW and the health functionary who would also facilitate the above services to the beneficiary. The details of the services availed would be duly recorded in the Individual Mother and Child Protection Card common to ICDS and NRHM.
It helps families understand the linkage between child growth and the dietary intake, health care, safe drinking water and environmental sanitation etc. Keeping the importance of the growth monitoring in view, it would be mandatory for all the IGMSY beneficiaries to regularly attend the growth monitoring sessions at the AWCs. The AWWs would be responsible for maintaining the weight-for-age growth charts for all infants and young children as per WHO Child Growth Standards included in the Mother and Child Protection Card. This condition would contribute towards improving health and nutrition seeking behaviour.
- IGMSY is a centrally sponsored scheme which would be implemented through the State ICDS Cells with 100 % financial assistance from the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The day to day implementation and administrative matters would be the responsibility of the State Government.
- All financial powers at the State level would be vested in the concerned State Secretary responsible for ICDS implementation who would be assisted by the State ICDS Cell. Every State and District ICDS Cell would open and maintain a separate special bank account for IGMSY transactions. Every ICDS Project also
- would open such a special bank account in a nationalized bank and maintain separate accounts.