Lucknow: Despite helping the country in slowing down the growth rate of population, the additional 3.34 crore population in Uttar Pradesh has raised questions on the availability of basic facilities in the state.

The scarcity of resources and lack of willpower has posed a complex challenge for the state government to provide basic amenities to 19.95 crore population.
Talking about healthcare facilities in the state, Uttar Pradesh’s vision to meet the health standards is far-fetched.

Under the ‘Health for All’ scheme, one Community Health Centre (CHC) for every 1, 02, 000 population and one Primary Health Centre (PHC) for 30, 000 population have been established.

Around 1097 CHCs and3150 PHCs are granted in the state but according to the fresh figures by the census, there is a need for at least 1666 CHCs and 6667 PHCs in UP.
There is also a stringent need to increase the number of experts, doctors and para-medical staff in public health centers as the census already points towards scarcity of resources in the state.

Dr Ashok Yadav of Regional Medical Services Association said that it is impossible to meet the standards of NRHM as according to the figures at least 28 expert doctors and 10, 000 MBBS doctors are required for proper medication.

Coming down to education, government’s Free and Compulsory Education scheme for 6-14 years has not been implemented yet.

According to the census, the number of children between 0-6 years age group is 2.97 crore, which comprises 15 per cent of the total state’s population.

Nearly four lakh basic teachers are required in the state. According to the figures every colony should have private schools else it would become difficult for the state to maintain its 60.72 per cent literacy rate.

The figures of secondary education run by non-financial aided schools and part time teachers are also not satisfactory as there are only 45, 000 government aided secondary schools.

The state also faces water crisis. As reported by the Water Foundation, the state will face drinking water crisis in coming days as 20-30 percent of the ground water in UP is contaminated.

Pollution into rivers is another major concern. Due to indiscriminate use of pesticides and no stoppage of industrial unit wastes flowing into rivers, the problem is soon going to become inflammatory.

Other than health, water and education, other facilities like transport, housing and employment will also prove to be a hurdle in the state.

According to senior economist Prof AK Singh, the census figures are challenging as the slowdown growth rate of population in UP is historic.

He also mentioned, “The government should plan developmental activities while keeping the latest figures in mind so that benefits are enjoyed by the masses completely”.

JPN/Bureau