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During 2011,there were 186 claims of death due to sterilisation procedure under the family planning programme the highest 44 having been reported from Tamil Nadu,followed by 23 in Karnataka. These figures were furnished by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
The minister said there had been a decline in the number of death claims from 204 in 2010 and 246 in 2009. The government paid a total of Rs 183.5 lakh as compensation in 106 claims settled for 2011. A total of Rs 297 lakh was given in 2010 in 168 death claims of the total 204 reported and another Rs 361.8 lakh paid as compensation during 2009 in 232 cases of the total 246 death claims reported during the year. Female sterilisations have been higher than male sterilisations during the past three years.