India: Enterprise in Birth Control

India's government usually holds capitalistic impulses tightly in check. There is another impulse, however, that it has failed to curb, and so it is asking free enterprise for help in the most private of all sectors: birth control. Still far from its goal of keeping the growth of a highly fecund population (more than 500 million now) within the nation's food-producing capability, the Health and Family Planning Ministry has decided to enlist some of India's largest companies to distribute government-subsidized rubber condoms.

The government's 2,500 family-planning centers have been giving away those...

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