Soon, Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government will be giving a kit with condoms as ‘shagun’ (ceremonial offering) to the newly-weds and this ‘nayi pahal kit’ consisting of oral contraceptive pills and condoms will be distributed by ASHA workers. Not only this, the kit will also have a family planning message. This step is being taken by the state government to promote family planning and to control population.  This scheme will be launched on July 11, which is also celebrated as World Population Day.

The ‘nayi pahal’ kit will have packets of condoms, emergency contraceptive pills, oral contraceptive pills and some other items for the bride and groom such as a pack of towels and handkerchief, nail-cutter, comb and mirror set. Avneesh Saxena, who is the project manager of Mission Parivar Vikas said, “The aim is to prepare newly wed couples about responsibilities of married life”.

The kit will also have a letter from the health department that will be briefing the importance of family planning and the minimum gap between two children and a FAQ brochure written in a simple language so as to provide clarity to newly married couple on various issues.

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For those who could not read, the ASHA workers who will be giving the kits will also be explaining them. Also, if the couple has any doubt after reading the brochure than that will be cleared by the ASHA workers.

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On this latest move taken by the UP government, Anshumali Sharma, a social activist associated with Childline said, “The measure is welcome in a state where sex education is taboo despite a pressing need”.

(Source: Times of India)

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