Raj Health Minister advocates for one child policy

Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma advocating for one child policy said that according to the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) 2018 the fertility rate of Rajasthan is 2.5%, whereas the national average is 2.2%. He said according to Millennium Development Goals, the fertility rate is to be brought down to 2.1% by the target year 2025. “For this, we have to adopt the policy of ‘Hum Do, Humare Ek’ (We Two, Ours One),” he said.

He said that the problem of increasing population is getting frightening not only in India, but in the entire world and this is causing problems in food grains, drinking water, housing, education, health and employment. He said that around 2.5 lakh sterilisations are done every year in the State under the family planning programme. He said that Rajasthan is among the leading states in the country in regard to PPIUCD (postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device) insertions.

Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said that the contribution of women in the sterilisation programme is about 99% and that of men is only 1% under family welfare programme, whereas vasectomy (male sterilisation) is very easy. He said that efforts are being made to encourage male sterilisation to make the family welfare programme successful.

Director Public Health Dr KK Sharma said that family planning is the responsibility of an individual as well as the community. He said,”The increasing population can be controlled only if we ourselves adopt the means of family welfare and inspire others too.”  

Director RCH Dr Laxman Singh Ola said that the fertility rate of Rajasthan in the year 2000 was 4.1%, which in 2018 came down to 2.5% and at present it is around 2.3%. He also emphasised controlling the fertility rate with the time.

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