As a new initiative which is a part of population control measures of the Odisha Government, newly married couples will be given a ‘Wedding Kit’ as a gift. The kit will contain a booklet on methods and benefits of family planning, a marriage registration forms, condoms, oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) and emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs).
According to the reports, a home pregnancy testing kit will also be part of the gift kit along with a bride grooming kit comprising items like a comb, bindi, nail cutter, mirror, handkerchief and towel, among others. The ‘wedding kit’ is part of the Nai Pahal Scheme under the National Health Mission (NHM).
The report further added that Odisha was the first state to launch the initiative despite having a low total fertility rate (TFR). TFR is the average number of children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime. TFR of Odisha is 1.8 against the national average of two. The Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) have been entrusted with the task of distributing the kits to newlywed couples.