Compensation package for family planning goes up

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: Concerned over a decline of 4.3 per cent in sterilisation performance in the country, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has further enhanced the compensation package for loss of wages to people who adopt family planning methods.

The compensation has been doubled for men undergoing vasectomy to boost male participation in family planning.

This is the second revision within a year; the compensation package was first revised on October 31 last year. But despite that, sterilisation saw a further fall of 4.3 per cent during 2006-07 as compared to the previous year.

According to the new package notified by the Ministry following approval by the Mission Steering Group of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the compensation for vasectomy has been increased to Rs. 1,500 from Rs. 800 and for tubectomy to Rs. 1,000 from Rs. 800 at public facilities and to Rs. 1,500 for both these interventions at accredited private health facilities for all categories of people in high-focus States and those below the poverty line, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in the non-high focus States.

In 2006, the Ministry enhanced the compensation package from Rs. 400 to Rs. 800 for people of all categories in the high-focus States and from Rs. 300 to Rs. 800 for tubectomy and Rs. 200 to Rs. 800 for vasectomy in non-high focus States for BPL acceptors only.

In the 18 high-focus States where the facility is provided in the public institutions, the acceptor (individual) receives Rs. 1,100, motivator Rs. 200 while the remainder is to be kept aside for other expenses accrued.

Those going in for tubectomy will get Rs. 600 and the motivator Rs. 150.

In the non-high focus 17 States and Union Territories, an individual gets Rs. 1,100 for vasectomy while the BPL, the SC and the ST categories opting for tubectomy will be paid Rs. 600.

The motivator in the first case receives Rs. 200 and Rs. 150 in the second category. Amounts of Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 have been kept aside for drugs in the two categories while the surgeon gets Rs. 100 and Rs. 75.

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