But the scheme will be applicable for the first born only, the government said in an official statement.
Government of India's share during that period comes to around Rs. 7,932 crore.
The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit programme which now has been extended to all districts of the country effective from January 1, 2017.
On December 31 previous year, PM Modi announced the pan-India expansion of the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana after its success at the pilot stage. Under the Maternity Benefit Programme of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Rs 6,000 will be given to all eligible pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM).
Pregnant and lactating women will be entitled to Rs 1,000 at the registration of pregnancy, a second installment of Rs 2,000 at if they carry out at least one antenatal check-up after six months of pregnancy, and a third when the birth of the child is registered, and the child has its first cycle of vaccines, including BCG, OPV, DPT and hepatitis-B.
The Government of India is committed to ensure that every woman gets adequate support and health care during pregnancy and at the time of delivery and every newborn is immunized on time which is the foundation for better health of the mother and the newborn. The committee had then suggested earmarking Rs 14,512 crore for implementation of MBP. Out of this, Rs 5,000 will be given by the women and child development ministry in three installments.
Activist, Aparajita Gogoi, national coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, an advocacy group for maternal health and childbirth, criticised the move.
"Reducing the scheme to firstborns will deprive many mothers from getting the benefits of the welfare scheme", she said.