New Delhi, May 18: The Cabinet extended to the entire country a compensation for wage loss of women to get adequate rest before and after delivery.
The reason is women should not be deprived of proper nutrition. The scheme will be applicable for the first born only.
Pregnant women and lactating mothers will get Rs 5,000 in three lots for the birth of the first live child. Rs 1,000 during early registration of pregnancy, Rs 2,000 after six months of pregnancy and 2,000 when child birth is registered and the child is vaccinated.
They will also get Rs 1,000 each month for six months.
The scheme excludes all the women employed in government sector, PSU or in similar benefit.
According to the government, the scheme will help improve the the health of pregnant women and lactating mothers.