Main points to remember on National Population Policy, 2000

  • The new national population policy of 2000 was announced by the Govt, on First February. Its main features are under stated.
  • Redress the unmet needs for basic reproductive and child health services, supplies and infrastructure.
  • Make school education up to age 14 free and compulsory, and reduce drop outs at primary and secondary school levels to below 20 percent for both boys and girls.
  • Reduce infant mortality rate to below 30 per 1000 live births.
  • Reduce maternal mortality ratio to below 100 per 100,000 live births.
  • Achieve universal immunization of children against all vaccine preventable diseases.
  • Promote delayed marriage for girls, not earlier than age 18 and preferably after 20 years of age.
  • Achieve 80 per cent institutional deliveries and 100 percent deliveries by trained persons.
  • Achieve universal access to information/counseling, and services for fertility regularization and contraception with a wide basket of choices.
  • Achieve 100 per cent registration of births, deaths, marriage and pregnancy.
  • Contain the spread of Acquired Immuno deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and promote greater integration between the management of reproductive trace infection (RTI) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) and the National AIDS Control Organization.
  • Prevent and control communicable diseases.
  • Integrate Indian System of Medicine (ISM) in the provision of reproductive and child health services, and in reaching out to households.
  • Promote vigorously the small family norms to achieve replacement levels of TFR.
  • Bring about convergence in implementation of related social sector programs so that family welfare becomes a people centered program.