The government on Tuesday launched “Mission Parivar Vikas” to stabilise population growth in 146 districts of seven states on the World Population Day. The family planning programme was launched by Union Health Minister JP Nadda.
The targeted 146 districts of seven states account for 28 per cent of total population in the country.
The ‘Mission Parivar Vikas’ was launched at a function organised by the Jansankhya Sthirita Kosh here to mark World Population Day.
The highly-populated districts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Assam have a total fertility rate (TFR) of three and above.
These districts have been identified as high focus areas under the programme to accelerate access to high quality family planning choices based on information, reliable services and supplies.
“Under the initiative, specific targeted initiatives shall be taken for population stabilisation through better services delivery,” an official statement said quoting Nadda.
Nadda said the programme was a new initiative conceived by his ministry with a strategic focus on improving access through provision of services, promotional schemes, commodity security, capacity building, enabling environment and intensive monitoring.
The minister advised his ministry officials to undertake half-yearly review of the programme and correlate the achievements with time to gauge whether the programme was moving in the right direction or not.
“We have enhanced the basket of contraceptive choices to meet the changing needs of people and have taken steps to ensure quality assured services and commodities are delivered to the last-mile consumers in both rural and urban areas,” he said.
With PTI inputs