Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now decided to roll out a new central family planning scheme – Mission Parivar Vikas – to address maternal and infant mortalities in Uttar Pradesh. The central government had written to seven states including UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Assam in November last year to implement the scheme. Under this ambitious scheme government will provide free condom boxes to newly wedding couples at strategic locations in cities and villages, emergency contraceptive pills and pregnancy testing kit. The government wants to reduce the population of the state by providing these facilities to new wedding couples.
Mission Parivar Vikas Yojana Uttar Pradesh government has also planned a Saas-Bahu Sammelan for the rural area of the state to facilitate improved communication between mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law through various games to change attitude. Former CM Akhilesh Yadav ignored the Centre’s instruction which was related to findings of the Central Health Ministry. However, the new Chief Minister has shown his commitment to improving healthcare system in the state.
Highlights of Mission Parivar Vikas Uttar Pradesh
- Under Family Planning Scheme Uttar Pradesh 47,000 Asha workers and nurses will be trained by the government to give the contraceptive injection.
- The government will also provide a new contraceptive injection to new wedding women with a cost of Rs. 100 per injection.
- The government will provide free condom boxes to new wedding couples at health facilities and panchayat Bhawan.
- Under Mission Parivar Vikas Yojana UP government will also provide family planning kit to new wedding couples of Rs. 220.
- Family Planning Kit contain five contraceptive pills, two packs of a condom and two pregnancy test kits.
- The government will provide financial incentives of Rs. 2,000 and 3,000 to those women undergoing sterilization procedures like vasectomy and tubectomy.
- Government target to bring down TFR in 11 districts to 2.1 by the year 2025.
The new scheme includes measures like a family planning kit for newly-weds in rural areas worth Rs 220 – which will include two packs of three condoms, a marriage registration form, five contraceptive pills and two pregnancy test kits. Free condom boxes will be put up at strategic locations like health facilities and gram panchayat Bhawan.
The scheme targets 145 districts in the seven states which have a Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 3 and over- implying a woman on average bears three or more children here. UP has the highest – 57 of its 75 districts – under the scheme. UP as a whole has a 3.3 TFR and contributes most to India’s high population growth.
A new contraceptive injection is being rolled out, where women opting for it will be paid an incentive of Rs 100 per shot.
Nearly 47,000 nurses and Asha workers would be trained to give these injectables. Financial incentives for those undergoing sterilization procedures like tubectomy and vasectomy have been hiked under the scheme by 50% to Rs 2000 and Rs 3000.
Saas-bahu sammelans are planned for rural areas to facilitate improved communication between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law through interactive games and exercises to bring about change in attitudes.