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World Population Day-2019: Odisha Achieves In Population Stabilization Measures, TFR Reduced To 1.9

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11 July 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: As the 'World Population Day' is observed on 11th July every year all over the world as well as in India, it was also observed in Odisha with focus on addressing Family Planning and Population issues as well as to strengthen the quality of family planning services in the State.

On the sidelines of the State Level World Population Day observance held here today, Odisha Health & Family Welfare Minister expressed pleasure that TFR (Total Fertility Rate) in Odisha has been significantly reduced to 1.9 and with the concerted team work it will be reduced more in future.

Notably, Odisha has made significant achievement in population stabilization measures by reducing the Total Fertility Rate to 1.9 (SRS 2017), which will have a positive impact on socio-economic development of the State.

In his media reactions on the occasion, Odisha Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das said, “It’s a matter of pleasure that the TFR (Total Fertility Rate) in Odisha is 1.9. This has been achieved due to the concerted efforts and hard labour of all our departmental staff. It’s a good step and I welcome the step. The more the population decreases, more people will reap the benefits. There will be more family planning and the people will live happily.”

He remarked, “Amey Dui Amara Dui (we two our two) is the best slogan. The slogan of Odisha’s Chief Minister is-he is happy when the people of Odisha are happy. When the family is happy, our Chief Minister is happy and our Department is also happy.”

“I’m confident that the manner our Health Department keeps on working in a team, the TFR will be reduced more in future,” exuded the Health Minister.

Family Welfare Director Dr Saroj Kumar Nayak said, “The initially named Family Planning programme has subsequently been named as Family Welfare. Our aim is not to confine the definition of Family Welfare to only Family Planning. We aim at the overall development of the family by delivering qualitative health services and ensuring quality life. We have been successful to a large extent in terms of quality index like reduction in Maternal Mortality and Infant Mortality, increase in Life Expectancy and also several diseases have gone down.”

“Yet, miles to go ahead. But, definitely there is some significant improvement over the years,” the Odisha Family Welfare Director quipped.    

Prominent among others, Odisha Health & Family Welfare Commissioner-cum-Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda also graced the occasion.

As part of this programme. Director of Family Welfare also launched a month long campaign as 'Population Stabilisation Fortnight' or Janasankhya Sthirata Pakshya' from 11th to 24th July, 2019 and was preceded by a 'Mobilisation Fortnight from 27th June to 10th July 2019' in the entire state.

To take the initiative forward, a number of measures have been undertaken by Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha to improve the overall family planning scenario of the State.

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Naba Kishore Das, Minister, H&FW, Odisha

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Dr Saroj Kumar Nayak, Director, Family Welfare, Odisha