World Population Day on 11th July – India needs to control population

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/9/2018 1:41:22 PM

Dear Editor,
On occasion of World Population Day falling on 11th July, Indian government should take shocking UN report seriously that India may cross even China in next six years to create a record of being most populous country in the world despite having oldest Family-Planning-Programme started in the year 1951. India may still be the largest populated country in the world in terms of population in proportion with area of the concerned country. Population-figure of 121 crores as per census-2011, is presently estimated to be 125 crores with 2.6 crore babies added every year to population of country.
Indian government should concentrate more on 146 districts out of total 640 where Total-Fertility-Rate (TFR- the average number of children expected to be born to a woman in the reproductive age span of 15-49 years) is 3 against a national average of 2.2 as per the National Family Health Survey-4 (covering years 2015-16). Even Islamic Bangladesh has lower TFR of 2.14. India ranks at 94th position in a list of 200 countries with Taiwan having lowest TFR of just 1.218 and Niger topping with 7.153. However Indian government should also take care to prevent situation like in China where controlling measures made TFR falling to 1.635 making China a country of aged ones.
Instead of spending on Family-Planning-Programme, India should rather save by abolishing all types of subsidies, reservation-benefits and other concessions from persons and families having more than three children. Demography should be regularly viewed and corrective measures taken to prevent extra-ordinary population-rise in some particular community. India should follow those Islamic countries where there is a ban on having more than one wife.
—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.



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