ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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FAMILY PLANNING-A Report from Punjab

FAMILY PLANNING A Report from Punjab Baljit Singh THE idea of compulsory sterilisation can be traced back to July 1967 when a meeting of chief ministers was held in New Delhi to discuss the Family Planning Programme. There was a general consensus at this meeting in favour of 'drastic measures' to control population growth. Maharashtra was specially commended for suggesting "immediate legal and constitutional steps to make vasectomy or tubectomy compulsory in the case of all citizens, irrespective of caste or creed, who have three or more children". However, the small family norms committee decided in 1968 against use of force or coercion in family planning am! the 'drastic measures' suggested in 1967 could not be taken up till 1976 when, at the January 1976 Congress Session at Kamagata Maru Nagar, the Prime Minister stated that "Government would have to take same strong steps which may not be liked by all". This called for "bold arid new measures''.

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