16 Dec 2013

Installation of Condom Vending Machines (CVMS)

Department of AIDS Control
The Department of AIDS Control (DAC) had decided in 2005 to install Condom Vending Machines (CVMs) across many States to provide 24x7 accessibility of condoms to high risk groups. DAC, through HLL Lifecare Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, had procured the following machines. 

• In Phase I (2006), 11,025 CVMs were installed against which no CVM is operational at present 

• In Phase-II (2008), 10,025 CVMs were procured against which 9,864 CVMs were installed out of which 6,499 CVMs were transferred to Social Marketing Organizations and the depreciated cost have been recovered from these agencies except for 794 CVMS in the State of West Bengal 

The CVMs were procured by DAC centrally and not State – wise. The total expenditure incurred on these CVMs, phase- wise, is as under: 

• During Phase I, Rs. 10 crore was released to HLL Lifecare Limited for the CVM programme 

• During Phase II, Rs. 11.41 crore was released to Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) for the CVM programme 

The CVMs were installed in accessible areas to provide easy and round the clock availability of condoms to create an embracement free environment for people to access condoms. 

As the CVMs were installed in the open accessible areas, some of the CVMs were stolen, manhandled or damaged by mischievous people in the absence of proper security arrangement. Apart from this, CVMs were also exposed to harsh weather conditions which made the machine deteriorated faster. 

The average vending has been 0.38 pieces per day per functional CVM between July 2010 to June 2011. 

After that, CVM programme has been merged with overall Condom Social Marketing Programme and there is no independent reporting on these machines as these CVMs are no more the assets of DAC as the same have been transferred to the concerned Social Marketing Organizations and the depreciated cost have been recovered from these agencies except for 794 CVMs in the State of West Bengal for which the depreciated cost is yet to be recovered from the concerned agency. 

This was stated by Sh Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today. 

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