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Demographic Transition in Maharashtra, 1980-93

The main thrust of the article is to evaluate demographic transition in Maharashtra, especially during 12 years from 1980-92, on the basis of data made available by two national surveys on fertility and mortality rates, and family health. The study shows that despite high contraceptive prevalence in Maharashtra, there is a very moderate decline in birth rate, in the state. Better reproductive health facilities leading to reduced foetal losses, lesser childlessness and reduced breast-feeding, can be said to be the main factor contributing in increase in fertility. In such situation, only strengthening of IEC component of the family welfare services can result in decline in fertility in Maharashtra.

Population Front of Indian Economic Development

R Radhakrishna and Ritu Anand for helpful comments without in any way implicating them rn the contents of the paper. Also the views ex- pressed in the paper are authors' own and not of their employers.] References Barro, Stephen M [1984], State Fiscal Capacity: An Assessment of Measurement Methods', SMB Economic Research Inc. Washington, DC.

Population Front of India s Economic Development

Population Front of India's Economic Development Vaijayanti Bhate Sanjeevanee Mulay V M DANDEKAR ('Population Front of India's Economic Development', EPW April 23) has reviewed the trends in relevant population parameters, the progress of family welfare programme and its impact on birth rate in India. The information regarding family welfare programme has been taken from the yearbooks published by the ministry of health and family welfare and the data on birth rates are taken from the Registrar General's reports on 'Sample Registration System' (SRS).
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