Ramadoss concerned over burgeoning population

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Rajkot, Feb 14 (UNI) Union Health Minister A Ramadoss has expressed grave concern over India's burgeoning population which has approximately trippled during last 50 years.

After inaugurating the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meet at Diu recently, Mr Ramadoss said the country's population has increased from 36.11 crore to 102.87 crore during the last 50 years and it may reach to 140 crore by 2026.

''Efforts are on to provide quality Reproductive Health Services including delivery, safe abortions, treatment of reproductive tract infections and family planning services, while ensuring full reproductive choices to women,'' he said.

The strategy has also been to promote male participation in family planning, he added.

India is the first country in the world to start the National Family Welfare Programme in 1952. It is necessary to stabilize the population at a level consistent with the requirement of the national economy, the Minister added.

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