After the scheme to provide door-to-door contraceptives showed encouraging results, the government has now decided to rope in Accredited Social Health Activists (Asha) to motivate couples delay having children.

With an aim to lay emphasis on spacing rather than limiting, the health ministry has decided to utilise its 8 lakh 60 thousand Ashas for counselling newly-married couples to ensure spacing of two years after marriage and couples with one child to have spacing of three years after the birth of first child.