In Jha­lawar, men of­fered free LPG, phone for ster­il­i­sa­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Rajasthan - Aab­shar H Quazi aab­shar.quazi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KOTA: Ru­ral peo­ple can­not af­ford to pay for LPG con­nec­tions, so the in­cen­tive will en­able them to use gas in their houses for cook­ing

DR SA­JID KHAN, chief med­i­cal and health of­fi­cer, Jha­lawar.

Men opt­ing for ster­il­i­sa­tion in Ra­jasthan’s Jha­lawar dis­trict will get free cook­ing gas con­nec­tion and mo­bile phones with free in­ter­net data for a year, of­fi­cials said.

The health de­part­ment of Jha­lawar – the home dis­trict of chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje – has of­fered the in­cen­tive to main­tain its top po­si­tion in fam­ily plan­ning in the state. The dis­trict re­mained on the top in 2016-17, record­ing 8795 ster­il­i­sa­tion op­er­a­tions (270 male and 8525 fe­male); the tar­get was 8703.

The med­i­cal and health de­part­ment in the state pro­vides ₹2,000 as in­cen­tive to men opt­ing for fam­ily plan­ning op­er­a­tion (non-scalpel va­sec­tomy) and ₹1,400 to women for tubec­tomy. But the Jha­lawar health de­part­ment has of­fered an ad­di­tional in­cen­tive of ₹4,500 — free LPG con­nec­tion with a filled cylin­der and a burner set. “Along with the free LPG con­nec­tion, the health de­part­ment will pro­vide a free Jio mo­bile phone (nonan­droid) with year­long free data and call­ing fa­cil­ity to men who will come for­ward for non-scalpel va­sec­tomy,” said Dr Sa­jid Khan, chief med­i­cal and health of­fi­cer, Jha­lawar.

Men have been of­fered the in­cen­tive since they usu­ally do not show in­ter­est in ster­il­i­sa­tion. “Around 48 days are left for ac­com­plish­ing the fam­ily plan­ning tar­get as the fi­nan­cial year 2017-18 will end in March, so the of­fer has been in­tro­duced to push male ster­il­i­sa­tion in the dis­trict,” Khan said.

Jha­lawar dis­trict has achieved 5640 ster­il­i­sa­tion op­er­a­tions, around 60% of the given tar­get -- 9400. “Since 10% of the tar­get ac­counts for male ster­il­i­sa­tion, 940 op­er­a­tions are to be done; but cur­rently only 25 men have been ster­ilised,” Khan said, adding that 12 men have been given the in­cen­tive for non-scal­pal va­sec­tomy.

Asked about choos­ing free LPG con­nec­tion as the in­cen­tive, Khan said, “Ru­ral peo­ple usu­ally can­not af­ford to pay for LPG con­nec­tions, so the in­cen­tive will en­able them to use gas in their houses for cook­ing; they will only have to re­fill their cylin­ders.” The de­ci­sion to of­fer free LPG con­nec­tion was taken last month at a meet­ing chaired by Jha­lawar dis­trict col­lec­tor Ji­ten­dra Ku­mar Soni.

Khan said, “In­cen­tives of LPG and mo­bile data/call­ing are be­ing pro­vided from the cash award of Rs 15 lakh to the health de­part­ment given by the state govern­ment last year on emerg­ing first in ster­il­i­sa­tion.”

An in­cen­tive scheme for women will be of­fered in March to push ster­il­i­sa­tion fig­ures. Last year, the health de­part­ment gave 4G smart­phones to men and sa­rees to women as in­cen­tives for ster­il­i­sa­tion.

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