ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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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.

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