Shastry V. Mallady

For men opting for vasectomy, it will be doubled

MADURAI: In an attempt to ensuring population control, the State government has hiked the family planning incentive paid to men and women going in for surgeries either voluntarily or by motivation. The cash incentive is being increased substantially for both tubectomy (female) and vasectomy (male) types of sterilisation.

A formal announcement will shortly be made by the Health and Family Welfare Department, official sources here told The Hindu on Sunday. Fee paid for motivators will also go up.

Under the new incentive plan, a woman who undergoes family planning sterilisation operation will receive Rs.600 instead of the earlier 450.

For men willing to go for vasectomy, the government incentive is set to be doubled from Rs. 500 to Rs.1,100. This hike is applicable for people Below Poverty Line and those from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

V.K. Subburaj, Health Secretary, when contacted to know about this move, has confirmed that the department may come out with details in a week’s time. “The proposal to increase incentive was due to inflation and this increase is applicable all over the country.

The amount being paid now was fixed long time back and hence it was revised,” the Health Secretary pointed out.

According to S. Elango, Director of Public Health, the idea is to promote permanent family welfare methods and to encourage people realise about two-child norm. For people above BPL category, the cash incentive has been increased from Rs.175 to Rs.200.

“Since the daily wages have gone up, the incentive should compensate people when they miss work and go for sterilisation,” Dr. Elango said.

He also said the State government wanted to involve more approved private institutions/hospitals in this endeavour by giving them additional cash incentive towards bearing the surgery cost.

The districts that were doing well in sterilisation include Virudhunagar, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore and Dindigul. And, the districts that are found poor include Chennai, Tiruvarur, Karur, Kancheepuram and Ramanathapuram, Dr. Elango said.