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The recommendations of the Chadha Committee, when implemented, were found to be impracticable because the basic health workers, with their multiple functions could do justice neither to malaria work nor to family planning work. The Mukherjee committee headed by the then Secretary of Health Shri Mukherjee, was appointed to review the performance in the area of family planning. The committee recommended separate staff for the family planning programme. The family planning assistants were to undertake family planning duties only. The basic health workers were to be utilised for purposes other than family planning. The committee also recommended to delink the malaria activities from family planning so that the latter would receive undivided attention of its staff.

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