Prerna - Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh

Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh
(National Population Stabilization Fund)
(An Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Health Family Welfare, Govt. of India), New Delhi
Website:, email id: [email protected]
Scheme: Prerna Strategy
In order to help push up the age of marriage of girls and space the birth of children in the
interest of health of young mothers and infants, Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (National
Population Stabilization Fund) is an autonomous body of the MoHFW, Govt. of India has
launched PRERNA, a Responsible Parenthood Strategy in all districts of seven focus states
namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and
The strategy recognizes and awards couples who have broken the stereotype of early
marriage, early childbirth and repeated child birth and have helped change the mindsets of the
In order to become eligible for award under the scheme, the girl should have been married
after 19 years of age and given birth to the first child after at least 2 years of marriage. The
couple will get an award of Rs.10,000/- if it is a Boy child or Rs.12,000/- if it is a Girl child.
If birth of the second child takes place after at least 3 years of the birth of first child and
either parent voluntarily accept permanent method of family planning within one year of the
birth of the second child, the couple will get an additional award of Rs.5,000/- (Boy child) /
Rs.7,000/- (Girl child). The amount of award is given in the form of National Saving
Certificate (NSC). The scheme is meant only for BPL families.
Important Conditions:
Couple must belong to BPL family
Age of lady should not exceed 30 years
The girl should have been married after 19 years
First child birth after at least 2 years of marriage
Second child birth after at least 3 years of the first child birth
Either parent voluntarily accepts permanent method of family planning within one
year of the second child birth
If above four (S.N. 1-4) conditions are full filled then payment of award:
 Rs. 10,000/- if boy child
 Rs. 12,000/- if girl child
If all above six (S.N.1-6) conditions are full filled then payment of award:
 Rs. 15,000/- if both boy child
 Rs. 17,000/- if one boy & one girl child
 Rs. 19,000/- if both girl child
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Certificates Required:
1. BPL certificate of the couple
2. Date of birth certificate of Mother (Schools/Board/Registrar of birth/death)
3. Marriage Certificate of the couple (Registrar of marriages/appropriate govt.
officer/delegated authorities)
4. Birth Cert. of 1st child (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering births/death)
5. Birth Cert. of 2nd child, if any. (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering
6. Sterilization Certificate (NSV/LTT), if any, ( Govt. Hospital)
7. Character Cert. (Gram Panchayat)
 Photocopies of all relevant documents should be attested by Gazetted officer.
1. The selection process should involve the community at all stages. However vital events
like date of birth and sterilization etc have to be checked / certified through government
sources only. The community should be satisfied about the selection and the selected
couples should be worthy of being seen as Role Models for Responsible Parenthood.
2. While identifying the eligible couples, there is a need to examine the reason for the girl’s
marriage at 19 years. If the reason supports the girl’s health, education or skill learning
then the selection is worthwhile. In case it was due to extraneous factors, the girl should
not be included. It is very important that the PRERNA ‘Role models’ should inspire
confidence and not create controversy.
3. The upper age limit for eligible married women should be below 30 years. There is no
age limit for the husband but younger is better.
4. Care needs to be taken while selecting an eligible couple. The girl’s marriage should be
19 years (not 18) and the first child should be born when the mother’s age is more than 21
years. Likewise the second child should be born after a 3 years gap and there should be
documentary evidence of sterilization after the second child.
5. Marriage and Birth registration is compulsory. In case supporting documents are not
available, proper certification regarding birth and marriage from authorized sources is
necessary to claim the Award.
6. The eligible couples should not have any criminal record which points to unsuitability.
7. Payments are made in the form of a National Saving Certificate to be issued by the local
post office and given by the Collector personally along with wide press coverage and
messages about the health of the mother and health of the child. (JSK will supply material
relevant to the district on request).
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8. The strategy can be implemented by NGO’s or Community level organizations or through
Anganwadi workers, ANMs, ASHAs. Funds will be released after the couples are
selected and documents have been checked by JSK.
9. Rupees 500 per awardee couple will be paid to the organization that helped identify the
couples and got the authentication done on the recommendation of the District
Collector/CM&HO. This amount would be paid only at the award ceremony.
10. The amount of award will be transferred in the dedicated bank account “JSK-PRERNA”
opened in respective State Health Society, through Cheque/Electronic.
11. Payment to Post Office would be through account payee cheque for purchasing National
Saving Certificates (NSCs).
12. The award ceremony should be organized within the month when award amount received.
13. A team to be constituted by District Collector for verification of 10% of total cases and
verified list sent to JSK.
14. List of the beneficiaries to be counter signed by the District Collector after verification
from CMO/CM&HO/Civil Surgeon.
15. A verification certificate may be issued by the district collector office
JSK seeks to implement its strategy in all districts of seven states namely Bihar, Uttar
Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh with different
Copy of the Prerna Award Certificate
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