Why Less For More
- The ministry of health and family welfare wants to target poor, pregnant women with more than two children, take away entitlements and benefits
- Critics say the two-child norm will severely restrict the number of beneficiaries of the Janani Suraksha Yojana scheme. The scheme, launched in 2005, has been a great success.
- India has committed to a target-free approach at the UN conference on population and development platform
- Maternal mortality ratio is now 254/1,00,000 live births, infant mortality rate 53/1,000 live births
“If there is electricity in every village, people will watch TV till late night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to produce children. When there is no electricity, there is nothing else to do but produce babies.”
—Ghulam Nabi Azad, 2009