The State Government on Friday said it has already repealed the green card system of family planning since November last year.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout informed this in the Assembly in a written reply to a question from Anant Das (BJD), Hitesh Kumar Bagarti (BJP) and Ramesh Chandra Jena (Cong). The Minister said the State Government has stopped the provision of green card since November 9, 2011.
Couples undergoing family planning operation after two children were being provided with green cards in the State since 1983.
Stating that green card system was introduced in the State to control population boom in early 80s, the Minister said as many as 6,02,336 couples had been provided with facilities under the system. The couples holding green cards were being given homestead land, 5 per cent financial assistance to build house, 5 per cent reservation on home loan for those belonging to lower and middle income groups, reservation for their children in technical education institutes, incentives and drawal of lottery, the Minister said.
He said the highest number of 44,378 couples in Cuttack district have been provided with green cards while only 1,941 couples could get benefits from the scheme in Boudh district.