Uttar Pradesh govt to gift condoms, contraceptives as ‘shagun’ to newly weds

The state along with Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Jharkhand contribute to 28 per cent of the country's total population.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2017 6:04 pm
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The Uttar Pradesh government would provide a free kit — equipped with contraceptives and condoms — to newlywed couples as ‘shagun’ under a central government initiative, Mission Parivar Vikas, to be launched on July 11, the World Population Day. Called ‘nayi pahal’ kit, it will be distributed by ASHA workers and will also carry brochures, guidelines and other important literature on the importance of safe sex, family planning and spacing out births, The Times of India has reported.

A study featured in The Lancet journal recently revealed that India was perched on the 143rd mark among 188 nations in the context of health.

Uttar Pradesh contributes the most to India’s growing population, having a Total Fertility Rate of 3.3, where 11 districts within UP have a TFR of over 4. The state along with Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Jharkhand contribute to 28 per cent of the country’s total population.

Mission Parivar Vikas will be launched across 145 districts in these seven states where fertility rate is high. “The aim is to prepare newly wed couples about responsibilities of married life,” TOI quotes Avneesh Saxena, project manager, Mission Parivar Vikas, as saying. The ‘nayi pahal” kit will also contain a pack of towels and handkerchiefs, a nail-cutter, a comb and a mirror set, Saxena added.

A statement from the Ministry reads: “The key strategic focus of this initiative will be on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, dovetailing with new promotional schemes, ensuring commodity security, building capacity (service providers), creating an enabling environment along with close monitoring and implementation.”

As part of its family planning initiative, the UP government also has plans to place free condom boxes at health facility centres and gram panchayat bhawans, while women who opt for a new contraceptive injection distributed by the government will be paid Rs. 100 per shot. Other monetary incentives are being given for individuals who undergo sterilisation.

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  1. R
    Renu Kapoor Tandon
    Jul 7, 2017 at 6:59 am
    Please supply cheap sanitary napkins as menstrual hygiene is very poor in India and if u give cotraceptives naturally she will be more menstruating than pregnant.GST should be totally scrapped from cheaper b s of sanitary pads.THEY ARE NOT LUXURY ITEMS.Women suffer from so many diseases due to non use of sanitary pads.
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      1. A
        Jul 6, 2017 at 9:12 pm
        This is a superb idea ...
        1. A
          Jul 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm
          What's about stray cow population? Is there any plan to control those. Parallely he should opt for health nd food security for ppl also. He along with his yuba bahini also use d same to control stray comments against minorities to appease his mentors.
          1. F
            Jul 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm
            bcz these bloody fake muslims and islam folowers deliver babies like pigs.gud move also butcher muslims to control population.
            1. P
              Jul 6, 2017 at 7:48 pm
              5 Pandava's , 100 Kauravas, 4 Wives of Dashrath and $ Sons were not muslims. Please do not spread hate among community. Please dont divide India. Bharat mata ki Jai
              1. P
                Jul 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm
                Typo 4 -> $
            2. A
              Jul 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm
              Good move ! This is the one state which reproduces like pigs and produce a lot of rapists, kidnappers. Lynchers and law order situation worst than Somalia. Need urgently to control the population. Need to educate them how to use condoms otherwise they will use it in the nose instead of putting it down under!
              1. M
                Jul 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm
                A very good move,it will create awareness about population control.The country will certainly benefit if other govts. also emulate UP.The economy development programmes would certainly yield better results.
                1. B
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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