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Appendix VI - Guidelines for Sterilization (Issued by the Government of India )

Sterilization services are provided free of charge in Government Institutions. Guidelines have been issued from time to time by the Government covering various aspects of sterilization. These are :

  1. The age of the husband should not ordinarily be less than 25 years nor should it be over 50 years.
  2. The age of the wife should not be less than 20 years or more than 45 years.
  3. The motivated couple must have 2 living children at the time of operation.
  4. If the couple has 3 or more living children, the lower limit of age of husband or wife may be relaxed at the discretion of the operating surgeon.
  5. It is sufficient if the acceptor declares having obtained the consent of his / her spouse to undergo sterilization operation without outside pressure, inducement or coercion, and that he /she knows that for all practical purposes, the operation is irreversible and also that the spouse has not been sterilized earlier.
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