Shivraj Chouhan lauds Sanjay Gandhi's sterilisation programme



Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has lauded Sanjay Gandhi's controversial compulsory sterlization programme which was launched in the 70s a bid to control population growth in the country.

"After the Emergency leaders don't even talk about population control. Quite often I remember Sanjay Gandhi and I think that the campaign that he started it was certainly for the good of the public," said Chauhan, a senior BJP leader.

Chouhan made a reference to Sanjay's programme at a function near here yesterday when he said that before malnutrition is contained steps should be taken to stabilize family planning methods in the state.

He said it appears that efforts made to control malnutrition in the past did not have the desired success.

Chouhan admitted that malnutrition was a very big problem in Madhya Pradesh.

Sanjay Gandhi had initiated the programme in the 1970s whereby police and government officials were asked to forcibly perform vasectomies on men and also sterilise some women.

The programme was made part of the government's family planning initiative and was supposed to target only men with two children and more but several unmarried men were also reportedly sterilised to meet targets.

Chouhan went on to say that after Emergency if Congress lost the Lok Sabha polls, family planning was not the reason for it and that other reasons could be there. He however did not elaborate.

BJP's National Spokesperson Tarun Vijay said he did not think that Chouhan did not mean to laud Sanjay's sterilisation programme."I think this is wrong information," he said.

According to Vijay, Chouhans was only focussing on how the population of MP was increasing.

"In fact, the population rate increase is the highest in MP in whole of the country. We must control the population," he added.

PTI