Govt not contemplating to deliver two-child coverage: MoS Well being informs Lok Sabha

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Responding to a query whether or not the federal government was contemplating to deliver a two-child coverage, Minister of State for Well being Bharati Pravin Pawar on Friday knowledgeable the Lok Sabha that no such proposal was into consideration.

”No,” stated Pawar whereas responding to the query raised by BJP MP Uday Pratap Singh.

“Worldwide expertise exhibits that any coercion or diktat to have a sure variety of kids is counter-productive and results in demographic distortions like sex-selective abortions, abandonment of the feminine youngster, and even feminine infanticide to intense son choice,” she stated within the written reply, including that every one this ultimately resulted in a skewed intercourse ratio.

This assumes significance as two BJP-ruled states—Uttar Pradesh and Assam—have proposed two-child insurance policies of their respective states.

Pawar added that states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and different states/UTs have succeeded in lowering the fertility fee by adopting a holistic method in direction of household planning with out resorting to any stringent inhabitants management measures.

Additionally, the Programme of Motion of the Worldwide Convention on Inhabitants and Improvement, Cairo, 1994, to which India is a signatory, unequivocally opposes coercion in household planning, Pawar stated.

The minister additionally acknowledged that the Nationwide Household Planning Programme (NFPP) applied by the federal government, which supplies voluntary and knowledgeable decisions to residents with none discrimination via a goal free method, is geared toward checking inhabitants progress.

Numerous providers supplied underneath NFPP embrace Mission Parivar Vikas, expanded contraceptive decisions, compensation scheme for sterilization acceptors, post-partum intrauterine contraceptive machine incentive scheme, scheme for house supply of contraceptives by ASHAs, scheme for being pregnant testing kits within the drug kits of ASHA and household planning logistics administration info system.

With these initiatives, the full fertility fee has declined from 2.7 per cent in 2005-06 to 2.2 per cent in 2015-16, she added.

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