Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
19-November-2010 15:05 IST
Population Control
In the Meeting of the National Commission on Population held in October 2010, the discussions focused on assessment of the population situation and the strategies required to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate, reduce the unmet need and make Family Planning Services available in a reliable manner to eligible couples.

The Government envisages strengthening Family Planning Services through the following broad strategies:-

1. Increasing basket of choice by systematically and carefully introducing new and effective contraceptives in the programme.

2. Fixed day Fixed Place Family Planning Services round the year through growing number of 24x7 PHCs and better functioning CHCs and other health facilities under NRHM.

3. Promotion of IUD 380A intensively as a spacing method because of its longevity of 10 years and advantages over other IUDs.

4. Promotion of No Scalpel Vasectomy to ensure male participation.

5. Improving availability of contraceptives at the village level.

6. Attractive compensation package for Sterilization.

7. Compensate sterilization acceptors for failures, complications and deaths and provide indemnity insurance cover to doctors under the Family Planning Insurance Scheme.

A National Population Policy (NPP) has already been formulated in 2000. The immediate objective of the NPP 2000 is to address the unmet needs for contraception, health care infrastructure, and health personnel, and to provide integrated service delivery for basic reproductive and child health care. The medium-term objective is to bring the TFR to replacement levels by 2010, through vigorous implementation of inter-sectoral operational strategies. The long-term objective is to achieve a stable population by 2045, at a level consistent with the requirements of sustainable economic growth, social development, and environmental protection.

This information was given by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question raised in Lok Sabha today.