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POPCEN Newsl. 1980 Feb-Mar;5(7):13-9.

Political support in F.W. Programme: need and willingness.



109 of the 534 legislators in Uttar Pradesh participated in a study of the views of legislators regarding the importance of the family welfare program. Most respondents were aware of the program but none gave details on the services offered. 33.0% of the legislators themselves were nonusers of contraception, 30.3% stated they did not need it, and 36.7% were users. When asked to identify the most important problems in their areas, less than 5% of legislators included the population problem among the top, but 45% identified population as a problem when it was included in a list of problems. 75% of the legislators indicated that they had been contacted by the public regarding family planning, mostly with complaints about service. 28% had been contacted by workers with requests for help, and 83% had provided such help, mostly by delivering lectures on family planning. All but 3.6% of the legislators stated their willingness to work for family planning in the future. Their suggestions for improving the family welfare program stress education, strengthening program services, giving greater publicity to the program, clarifying rumors, appointing more dedicated workers, increasing the emphasis on self control and the rhythm method, involving the panchayats, and recruiting more female workers.

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