The health department this time surpassed its past record of the number of males who opted for no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) as part of the population stabilisation programme.
There is an increase in the number of males this year as only 18 had opted for NSV in 2013-14 while as many 67 chose for the same in Jalandhar district this year.
The health department observed population stabilisation fortnight from July 11 to 25 and held several camps on sterilisation awareness under the family planning programme of the central government.
camps were held at Adampur, Kala Bakra, Bilga, Jandiala, Mehatpur, Bara Pind, Shahkot, Nakodar civil hospital and Jalandhar district hospital.
Data collected from the district family and welfare office reveal that not only males but females also participated enthusiastically in the population control programme.
Last year, 120 females had opted for tubectomy while 203 females opted for the same this year.
To promote family planning among eligible couples, 479 women had chosen copper-T as contraceptive in 2013-14 and while 513 opted for the same this time.
Moreover, 933 oral pills were also given for birth control during the fortnight programme held at various government health institutions.
A health official said an extensive exercise was undertaken at village and block level to inform people about the advantages of the population stabilisation progamme.
Further, it has been observed that young eligible couples are opting more for family welfare plans to avoid unwanted pregnancy, he said.
He said men in urban areas showed more interest in adopting family planning measures than their rural counterparts probably due to hesitation factor.
The official further said there will be better response to such programme if the government increases financial assistance for those opting for NSV and tubectomy.
At present, the health department gives Rs 1,100 for NSV; and Rs 600 for tubectomy to women from BPL category and Rs 250 from general category.
District family and welfare officer Gurmeet Kaur Duggal said, "We have drafted a plan to remove misconceptions about NSV among men. A series of seminars were held in the district."
She said health staff, including ASHA workers and auxiliary nurses and midwives (ANMs) played a vital role in benefitting more eligible couples this year.