Since many decades we have been hearing about India being highly over populated country and that over population is the cause of many socio-economic problems that India faces. Various measures like spread of education, encouraging male and female sterilisation, opening more health centers, spacing birth, increasing awareness about the use of contraceptives and family planning methods, increasing welfare and status of women and girls, and others have been tried to check population explosion in India.
However, not much has been of help as being over populated continues to plague us by keeping many unemployed, by increasing pressure on infrastructure, by causing income inequity, by bringing down production and increasing costs, etc.
In a bid to create more awareness about family planning, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr. J P Nadda gave away awards to the winners of the painting competition organised by Jansankhya Sthirita Kosh to create awareness regarding family stabilisation among young children. The event was held to mark the World Population Day.
At the event Health and Family Welfare Minister addressed the gathering and talked about various measures undertaken by the NDA Government to keep population growth in check. He also talked about how the government will re-strategise and focus on the districts where fertility rate is high.
Quotes from J P Nadda speech:
"The government will re-strategise and focus on the districts where total fertility Rate (TFR) is high in order to bring down the TFR level in the country. There is a need to do micro-planning for these districts and develop need-based programmes to address TFR."
I have asked my ministry to focus on 23 districts with TFR above 4 and 123 districts with TFR between 3 to 3.9.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) July 11, 2016
"Communication skills need to be developed at all the levels so that we can send the right message to the target audience."
I urge all stakeholders, NGOs, the private & corporate sectors to work together towards achieving the target of #populationcontrol in India— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) July 11, 2016
"To reach out to the unreached we must do mapping and find out who we have missed in the programme."
A focussed approach on preparing microplan for these 146 districts will result in significant impact on population stabilisation efforts.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) July 11, 2016
"The promotion of family planning - and ensuring access to preferred contraceptives are essential for securing the well-being of the people, while supporting the health and development of communities."
"There is a need to enhance male participation in the family planning process. We cannot achieve the desired results unless the men are not motivated to actively take part in family planning. Our strategy should also focus on this aspect."
Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare:
"Population explosion is a big challenge for us. We can reap the benefits of population dividend only if we are able to provide good health, education and look after overall well-being of the people."
"Keeping population in check requires participation at all levels from all stakeholders. There are many challenges in addressing the family planning needs in the backward areas of the country."
Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare:
"The problem of over-population calls for global revolution. It is our collective responsibility to fight this challenge."
She appealed the people to come together and ponder over this issue and come out with solutions.
On World Population Day at the event many senior officials were present who also deliberated on the theme "Zimmedari Nibhao, Plan Banao" focusing towards the benefits of family planning extend well beyond woman's health, to incorporate her well-being and prosperity.