IMPHAL, June 13 - 44 year-old Mutum Subita, of Keibi Kumuda village in Manipur�s Imphal East district, was honoured here today for giving birth to 15 children and also for making the children educated and self-reliant. Eleven other mothers were also honoured.
Besides, a headmaster of a government school was also honoured for his contribution to the welfare of indigenous population in Manipur. President W Luwangleima of Iramdam Kanba Lup, a civil society organisation said that the idea behind honouring mothers is an attempt to revive the degrading public institutions including the government in the interest of the indigenous population.
The awards and citations were distributed during the 3rd anniversary of the organisation held here on Sunday. Oinam Lukhoi Singh, MLA, speaking on the occasion, expressed the need to have a rethink over the merit of adopting family planning.
State Nodal Officer (Family Planning) Dr S Suchitra when contacted informed that they are presently focusing on the health of the newborn babies and mother after the launching of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH +A) in October 2013. �We have been appealing to maintain a three year gap between each child apart from using Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) 48 hours after delivery,� she said.
Some healthcare workers here, however, observed that most Manipuri families used to give birth to not less than five or six children till the late Sixties.