Government launches 2 new free contraceptives
September 05, 2017  16:17
The government has launched two new free contraceptives, an injectable drug and a pill, expanding the basket of choices for the country's population to meet their family planning needs.   

The contraceptives, which are available for free in medical colleges and district hospitals at present, have so far been launched in 10 states -- Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Delhi and Goa.   

"The contraceptives are safe and highly effective, the 'Antara' injectable being effective for three months and the 'Chayya' pill for one week, and will help meet the changing needs of couples and help women plan and space their pregnancies," said an official statement.   

The contraceptives are being launched under the government's Mission Parivar Vikas, a central family planning initiative.
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