This would encourage institutional delivery of infants among the Below Poverty Line (BPL) workers, he added.
He said the Government had launched the RSBY scheme for the BPL families in the unorganised sector on October 1, 2007 which became operational on April 1, 2008.
The RSBY is being implemented by the state governments through insurance companies by inviting bids from both public and private sectors. Almost all the states have agreed to implement the scheme during the current year.
The States of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu have started the enrolment process and issuance of smart cards. Twelve other states have initiated the process and the remaining are also expected to follow suit.
Till September 23, more than 3.39 lakh smart cards had been distributed. A total of 1,458 people have availed benefits under the scheme, the Minister added.