Population Policy for 2021-2030: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently launched the State’s population policy for 2021-2030.
- The new policy was unveiled on the occasion of World Population Day.
- The UP government is implementing this policy keeping in mind all sections of the society.
- The unveiling of the policy comes days after a draft of the population control bill was put up on the state law commission website.
- The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission has prepared a proposed draft bill for population control, under which a two-child norm would be implemented and promoted.
About the new population policy :
- In the new population policy, a target has been set to bring the birth rate to 2.1 per thousand populations by 2026 and to 1.9 by 2030.
- Provisions have been made for ensuring health services for all and for paying special attention to pregnant women, infants, sick newborns and children who are severely malnourished.
- The new policy aims at the following:
- Decrease in the total fertility rate from 2.7 to 2.1 by 2026 and 1.7 by 2030,
- Increase modern contraceptive prevalence rate from 31.7% to 45% by 2026 and 52% by 2030,
- Increase male methods of contraception use from 10.8% to 15.1% by 2026 and 16.4% by 2030,
- Decrease maternal mortality rate from 197 to 150 to 98, and infant mortality rate from 43 to 32 to 22, and under 5 infant mortality rate from 47 to 35 to 25.
- Targeting stabilization, the draft of the policy also said the State would attempt to maintain a balance of population among the various communities.
About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
- Uttar Pradesh is a state in northern India.
- It was created on 1 April 1937 as the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh during British rule and was renamed Uttar Pradesh in 1950.
- Its Capital city is Lucknow.
- The Chief Minister and the Governor of Uttar Pradesh are Yogi Adityanath and Anandiben Patel respectively.