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Parliamentary questions
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23 May 2012
Question for written answer E-005235/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR) and Martin Kastler (PPE)

 Subject: Funds from the EU budget and sterilisation targets in India
 Answer in writing 

In 2009, under budget line 19 10 01 01, the Commission gave EUR 99 million to the government of India. The funds went to the National Programme on Reproductive and Child Health, which is run by the National Rural Health Mission. Introduced in 2005, the National Rural Health Mission is an eight-year plan designed to provide better access to basic healthcare in rural areas of the country and fulfil the Millennium Development Goals.

Various Indian government programmes provide financial incentives to young couples in exchange for delaying having children, waiting longer between births and undergoing sterilisation. Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh and Prerna are among the programmes that use these schemes. The government rewards other programmes, such as the Santushti programme, for achieving certain sterilisation targets. The EU budget has specific provisions prohibiting and combating forced sterilisation.

Is the Commission aware of the practices used in these programmes?
Does the Commission consider these schemes to be coercive?
Is the Commission using money from the Development and Cooperation Instrument to fund these practices?

 OJ C 173 E, 19/06/2013
Aviso jurídico - Política de privacidad