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Evaluation of JSY (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Outcome of Janani Suraksha Yojna:
Over the last decade, a government programme aimed at increasing institutional deliveries has changed the health-seeking behaviour of Indian women.
A new study has found that the maternal health programme Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) led to a 22 per cent increase in women delivering in government hospitals between 2004 and 2014.

What is JSY?
Launched in 2005, JSY, the world’s biggest conditional cash-transfer scheme, aimed to promote institutional delivery — instead of delivering babies at home — to improve India’s infant and maternal mortality rates.

Under JSY, pregnant women choosing to deliver at the hospital and the health worker who motivated her to take the decision get cash incentives — Rs.1,400 for the woman and Rs.600 for the Accredited Social Health Activist in rural areas and Rs.1,000 and Rs.200 respectively in urban areas.

The cash incentive was intended to reduce financial barriers to accessing institutional care for delivery.

 



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