Q. 134.3( 7 Votes )

What are the significant features of the National Population Policy, 2000?

Answer :

The significant Features of the National Population Policy, 2000:

(i) Recognising that the planning of families would improve individual health and welfare, the Government of India initiated the comprehensive Family Planning Programme in 1952, This programme has sought to promote responsible and planned parenthood on a voluntary basis. The National Population Policy 2000 is a concluding action of years of planned efforts.

(ii) It provides a policy framework for imparting free and compulsory school education up to 14 years of age, reducing infant mortality rate to below 30 per 1000 live births.

(iii) This policy has identified adolescents as one of the major sections of the population that need greater attention.

(iv) It called for programmes that aim towards encouraging delayed marriage and child-bearing, education of adolescents about the risks of unprotected sex, making contraceptive service accessible and affordable.

(v) It provides food supplements, nutritional services, strengthening legal measures to prevent child marriage.

(vi) It made family welfare, a people-centered programme.

(vii) It considered people the most valuable resource.

(viii) It worked to stabilize the population by 2045.

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