Uttar Pradesh government is all set to launch a new scheme under ‘Mission Parivar Vikas’ on World Population Day, July 11th. This scheme will provide newly weds with ‘shagun’ (ceremonial offering) in the form of contraceptives.
To be distributed through neighbourhood ASHA workers, this will be a kit that promotes Family Planning, that includes condoms, oral contraceptive pills among other things. It will also contain a letter explaining the concept of family planning and importance of gap between child births. This initiative is to stabilise the booming population of India.
“The aim is to prepare newly wed couples about responsibilities of married life,” said Avneesh Saxena, project manager of Mission Parivar Vikas. The ‘nayi pahal kit for newly weds’ is a box containing packets of condoms, emergency contraceptive pills, general oral contraceptive pills, besides other items of use for the bride and groom. He added, “A pack of towels and handkerchief, nail-cutter, comb and mirror set that will come handy to both the groom and the bride,” will be included in the kit. It will also contain information brochures on family planning and spacing along with FAQs on various issues in simple language will also be a part of the kit.