Ranchi: In order to boost the population control measures, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has devised a scheme to make contraceptives available at people’s doorsteps.

About 40, 000 volunteers would be engaged for the exercise in 233 districts spread across 17 states, which include 19 districts of Jharkhand. Jharkhand has been lagging in contraceptive distribution target.

Dr SK Sikdar, Deputy Commissioner, Family Planning Division of Union Health Ministry has issued directions to state governments to implement the plan at war footing.

Under the scheme, the volunteers will distribute oral contraceptive pills as per advice of Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and doctors.

The volunteers have also been entrusted with the task of enlisting the couples who would be targeted under the scheme. They will accompany the couples to the doctors. The volunteers will counsel the couples on the choice of contraceptives.

The beneficiaries are required to pay nominal amount of Rs 1 for a set of 3 condoms. The amount will be transferred to the accounts of the volunteers.

Once the proposed scheme comes into force, all the previous schemes being run at the Primary Health Centers and Sub-Health Centers level will be stopped. The contraceptives are distributed free of cost at these centers.

However, the old schemes will be functional at Chief Health Center (CHC), Sub-division and Civil Hospitals.

The nodal officers will be appointed at state and district levels for proper implementation of the scheme.

JPN/Bureau