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Uttar Pradesh Govt to Announce New Population Control Policy

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Through improved health facilities, efforts will be made for population stabilisation by providing accessible solutions.

The Uttar Pradesh government will be announcing a new population policy for 2021-2030. Through the proposed policy, efforts will be made to increase the accessibility of contraceptive measures issued under the Family Planning Programme and provide a proper system for safe abortion.

Through improved health facilities, efforts will be made for population stabilisation by providing accessible solutions to impotence/infertility and reducing the mortality rate of newborns and mothers.

One of the key points in the new policy is to make comprehensive arrangements for the care of the elderly, apart from better management of education, health, and nutrition of adolescents between 11 and 19 years.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be releasing the New Population Policy 2021-30 on the occasion of World Population Day, i.e. July 11, 2021.

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While reviewing the presentation regarding the Policy on Thursday, the CM said, “Poverty and illiteracy are major factors for population expansion. There is also a lack of awareness about the population in certain communities. Therefore, there is a need for community-centric awareness efforts.”

He also stated that the period of Population Policy 2000-16 of the State has ended and now a new policy is the need of the hour.

While reviewing the presentation, CM Yogi said that along with awareness and better health facilities, all necessary efforts should be made for population stabilisation.

He said that while preparing the new population policy, efforts should be made to maintain the demographic balance in all the communities, easy availability of advanced health facilities, and to bring down the maternal and child mortality rate to the minimum level through proper nutrition. The objectives of the new policy should be embedded in the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary Medical, Health, and Family Welfare, Amit Mohan Prasad told CM Yogi that the proposed population policy is being prepared after studying several reports including NFHS-04 in the State.

The report of National Family Health Survey-05 is going to be released soon. The new policy will accelerate the efforts of population stabilisation. In this, targets have been set on different parameters in two phases for 2026 and 2030.

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first published:July 08, 2021, 21:58 IST