PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Govt. Resolution No.LoSanDho-2000/PraKra 57/00/KuKa-1
Mantralaya, Mumbai - 400 032
Date : 9th May 2000
Govt. Resolution - Maharashtra State has always remained in
the forefronts of developmental activities. However, the growth rate of population
has not been controlled as per expectation. The State took 60 years ( 1901
- 61 ) to double its population but the next doubling was seen only within
30 years ( 1961-91) . The Maharashtra Government had taken continuous efforts
to control this fast growing population. Considering social, geographical & industrial
conditions of Maharashtra, there are various social factors responsible for
population growth. Some important factors among them are low average age at
marriage of girl and deep rooted son preference.
2. As per recommendations of the International Conference
on Population & Development, now the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH)
Programme is implemented in the State. In this programme, attention is given
to MCH, Ante Natal Care, Neonatal Care, Care about health of adolescent girls,
Prevention of reproductive tract infection etc. along with population control.
3. To control the population and also considering the changes
made in implementing family welfare programme as per recommendations of International
Conference on Population Development, it has been necessary to decide comprehensive
population policy. Accordingly State has declared its Population Policy.
Main objectives of the policy are as given below.-
1. To reduce Total Fertility Rate ( TFR) from 2.5 to 2.1 upto to 2004.
2. To reduce Infant Mortality & Maternal Mortality Significantly
3. To improve comprehensive health of family.
4. To provide special services to tribal area, small size villages ; and
urban slum areas.
Goals decided for various health indicators.
Present Status (SRS)
22.5 (1998 )
7.7 ( 1998 )
Total Fertility Rate
2.5 (1998 )
Infant Mortality Rate
Neonatal Mortality Rate
# SRS -Sample Registration Scheme.
4. To achieve the desired goals, special emphasis will be
given on optimum utilization of Health Institutions, Infrastructure manpower.
The main points covered under it are as given below.
1. To improve programme management.(Moritoring ;Supervision)
2. To enhance availability & improve quality of services.
3. To increase awareness among the community about the available
facilities and also about the social factors affecting demographic
process ( Age at Marriage, son preference, right to health
4.To provide special Health Services & Counselling for adolescents.
5. To enlist support from different Government departments & other sectors
like NGOs, Local self Government etc.
Following specific interventions are included in the policy.
1. Small Family Norm
State has accepted two children norm as ‘Small
2. The personal benefit schemes for government and semi-government
employees will be
linked to acceptance of the small family norm. ( From 1st
May 2001 )
a) Couples accepting the small family norm only will be eligible for
b) Acceptance of the small family norm will be considered
at the time of recruitment
to government and semi-government employment.
c) Employees accepting the small family norm will be given preference
for sanctioning facilities like house building advance,vehicle
d) Only those employees limiting their family to two children will be
entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses.
3. Inclusion of Policy Implementation in Officers Confidential Reports
(in their juridiction)
Implementation of the state policy depends upon the co-ordination
and co-operation of officers at various levels. Active involvement
in the implementation of
the policy will be considered for annual assessment in
confidential reports. In the self evaluation format this will be included
under “Targets” assigned
to governmental officials and under “general Evaluation” of
confidential reports of all Divisional Commissioners,
Collectors, Chief Executive Officers
of Z.P.s, Municipal Commissioners, Chief Officers of
Municipal Councils, Block Development Officers of Panchayat
Civil Surgeons, Deputy Directors in charge circles etc.
4. Increasing availability of Health Services. - Following points are covered
a) Two years rural service after post graduate medical training.
b) Strict implementation of Public Health Department’s policy regarding
appointments and transfers.
c) Strengthening of services and facilities for laparoscopy sterilisations
d) Implementation of “Matru Suraksha Vahini” scheme
to facilitate referral
services in remote areas.
5. Organization of Family Welfare Camps by Various Institutions
To provide maternal and child health care, to diagnose
Rerpoductive Tract Infection /Sexually Transmitted Dieseases (RTI/STD), to perform
sterilizations etc. under the Family Welfare program, Camps will be organised
with financial support from sugar factories, co-operatives, district central
banks, milk producing co-operatives, textiles, industrial establishments, private
medical practitioners, Indian Medical Association, Rotary International, Lions
6. Strict Implementation of existing Acts and Policies
Following existing Acts and Policies will be implemented more strictly.
a) Child Marriages Restrain Act of 1978
b) Prenatal Sex Determination Act of 1994
c) Registration of Births and Deaths Act of 1969
d) Maharashtra Marriage Council Regulation and Marriage Registration
Act of 1998
e) Free Education for girls
f) Policy for Women
7. Acceptance of Small Family Norm as Eligibility condition for Elections (From
1st May 2001)
To generate awareness about the small family norm, it is
necessary that role models are created by non-officials of Z.P.s, Panchayat
corporations, corporations, co-operatives, district central banks, milk producers
organizations, textiles etc. Hence action will be taken to include, the small
family norm as one of the conditions in the eligibility criteria for contesting
elections, in the rules regarding these elections. Similarly it will be applicable
to selection or appointment of members on various government committees.
8. Jagruk Grampanchayat’ Yojana ( From 1st May 2001
This scheme will be implemented for effective implementation of the state
population policy and to enhance community participation and involvement of
community leaders and representatives at the Grampanchayat level. Under the
scheme, funds will be made available for important local needs like digging
well, bore-wells, construction of public toilets, repairs of Grampanchayat
or school buildings, road levelling etc., to the Grampanchayats fulfilling
This scheme will be be implemented from 1st May 2001.
9.Enhancing Quality of Services ( To be implemented from 1st April 2000 )
a) For effective implementation of the state population policy, strengthening
of health services and facilities will be undertaken. Based on criteria regarding
Environmental sanitation, proper treatment to patients following award schemes
for government institutions at various levels will be implemented.
1. Best District Hospital and Women Hospital at the state level
2. Best Rural Hospital at the circle level.
3. Best Primary Health Center and sub-center at the district leve
b) Award scheme for staff working in First Referral Units (FRU)
Strengthening of health services and facilities is being undertaken under the
RCH program. FRUs have been established to make specialist care available
to communities in rural, remote and tribal areas. An incentive scheme will
be announced for best performing workers in these FRUs. At the state level
3 such workers will be given the awards.
Rotating Shields and certificates
will be awarded to selected institutions/staff.
10. Strengthening of Intra-natal Care
A large number of deliveries are attended by untrained birth attendants in
rural area. For safe delivery and reduction in maternal and infant mortality,
at village level, these untrained birth attendants will be trained in the
Primary Health Centers.
11.Special Measures to enhance Quality of Health Care in Urban area
Under this scheme, disease detection camps will be conducted in municipal corporations
and municipal councils areas. These camps will cater specially to women and
adolescent girls by regularly examining and treating them for
Rerpoductive Tract Infection /Sexually Transmitted Dieases(RTI/STD), among
other diseases. This will help in reducing the Burden of Disease.
12. Mother and Child Care Centers at Village Level
Mother and Child Care Centers will be established in villages lacking facilities
like subcenter or primary health center. These centers will be utilized to
conduct safe deliveries, to organise maternal and child protection clinics,
to organise meetings of Mahila Mandal etc.
13.Revised Savitribai Phule Kanya kalyan Yojana
( To be implemented from 1st May 2000)
1. Applicable to couples Below Poverty Line (BPL) only.
2. For couples accepting strerilization with only one daughter and no son,
Rs. 10,000 will be kept in the name of the daughter as a fixed deposit. This
amount will be due to the girl at the age of completing 18 years. An additional
amount of Rs. 5000 will be kept in terms of a 5-years fixed deposit, if this
girl completes 10th standard. She will be entitled to this additional amount
only if she does not get married before completing the age of 20 years.
3. Similar scheme will be applicable to couples with two daughters and no son
with Rs. 5000 to each of the daughters
14. State Population Women Commission-
Active involvement of women in implementation of Population Policy from State-level
to village-level is essential. Hence, State Population Women Commission will
be constituted at state level.
• State level -
State Population Women Commission under the chairmanship of the wife of the Chief
15. For monitoring and successful implementation of the State Population
Policy, following Commission / Committee will be constituted at different levels.
a). At the state level 1.State
Population Commission under the chairmanship of the Honourable Chief
2.State Co-ordination Committee under the chairmanship of the
b). At the divisional level
Divisional Population Co-ordination Committee under the chairmanship of
the Divisional Commissioner.
c). At the district level
District Population Co-ordination Committee under the chairmanship
Guardian Minister of the district.
d) District Population Monitoring Committee under the chairmanship
oft the District Collector.
5.The schems given in this Policy Resolution will be implemented from the
mentioned before that specific scheme / intervention.
6.For the implementation of schemes / interventions suggested under this policy,
necessary amendments will be made in resolutions or separate Govt. resolutions
will be issued. The terms & conditions of the scheme will be given in this
Resolution. The scheme will be implemented as per the terms & conditions
is that resolution.
7. This Resolution issued with the concurrence of the FD / Planning & Finance
By order and in the name of Governor of Maharashtra