Monday, February 27, 2012

Is Uttrakhand still a EAG State of India?

The National Population Policy, adopted in February 2000, further legitimised the paradigm shift to client-based services. The National Population Commission was set up in May 2000 to guide the translation of policy rhetoric into programmes. In March 2001, an Empowered Action Group
was set up by the Government of India to facilitate focused efforts to promote the Reproductive and Child Health Programme in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa,Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal (now Uttrakhand)which have been lagging behind in a number of sociodemographic indices. These staes have been lagging behind also in respect of promoting the family planning programme of India as these states contributed more to the size of national population being most populous states in India. Therefore, to achieve the target of population stabilization by 2045, as stated in NPP, the major focus was on these eight EAG states and their performances.

As per the last two cesuses conducted in the country in the years 2001 and 2011, the data given below in respect of Uttarakhand and Haryana States may be considered:

The decadal population growth (%) for Uttrakhand is 19.17 and the same for Harayna is 19.90. Corresponding population are 10116752 and 25353081 in the year 2011. The percentage of the 0-6 age group to total population in the respective Staes are 13.14% and 13.01% respectively. These figures clearly make the case that the Uttrakhand State can be taken out of the the EAG States as its parameters are more close to a non-EAG State.