Why was pulse polio programme launched in India
The polio programme was launched in India as to eliminate the polio virus as it had become one of the goals of the UN to eradicate polio in 1988.
Pulse-polio programme was started in India in December 1995, and its target was to eradicate polio by 2003. However, it is still prevalent in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc. The main reason being this is that in few sections of the society, there is a misconception that polio vaccine makes children sterile. These people do not get their children vaccinated against polio and hence, the target of polio eradication is not achieved.