New Delhi: After facing flak from the opposition, the Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh government on Friday withdrew the sterilisation circular, issued by the state’s National Health Mission (NHM) on Feb 11. The Madhya Pradesh government, through the controversial circular, had set sterilisation targets for male multi-purpose health workers (MPHWs). It had warned them (MPHWs) that if they fail to mobilise even one man for sterilisation in 2019-20, their salaries would be withheld and would be offered compulsory retirement. Also Read - No Salary if You Can't Convince Even One Man For Sterilisation: MP Govt's Flip-Flop

Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had condemned the government following the circular. He had termed the move as ‘undeclared emergency’ in Madhya Pradesh.

“Is this the Emergency Part-2 of the Congress? If the efforts of the MPHW (Male Multi Purpose Health Workers) are lacking, the government should take action, but the decision to withhold salary and retire if the goal is not met is dictatorial,” Chouhan had tweeted.

However, after the order created a furore, Health Minister Tulsi Silawat announced its immediate withdrawal. Speaking to PTI, Silawat said,”I have just now nullified the NHMs order with immediate effect. The language in it was not proper. Things should be done after proper reasoning.”