It seems clear that Dr Aneesh, assistant professor, community medicine, Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in India has not been in any recent close consultations with the Indian Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. In the story immediately below, Dr. Aneesh is quoted bemoaning the Indian state of Kerala’s relatively small (compared to the past) cohorts of children, even calling the situation alarming. Following that is a story where Minister Azad expresses the opposite sentiment: that growing population is a matter of great concern and poses several challenges on the economic, environmental and development fronts.
Dip in population raises concern: Demographers
M K Sunil Kumar, TNNFeb 17, 2012, 05.15AM IST
KOCHI: If the results of the census is anything to go by, it is high time Kerala revised its family planning policy as the state may register negative population growth in the next two or three decades. Demographers point out that the sliding population will have far reaching consequences as human resources of the state which has already registered a dip will come down drastically. if plans to prevent such a situation are not devised.
Even while the country’s population is growing at fast pace, the 2011 census reveals that the population growth of the state is very low and it is negative in two districts. While the rate of population growth in four districts is very low, eight districts registered only nominal growth. “Given the slow pace of population growth, the state may register negative growth in the next two or three decades.
According to the census, the general fertility in Kerala is 1.8 which means that many of the couples have only one child,” said Irudayarajan, professor, Centre for Development Studies (CDS).
According to the census results, Pathanamthitta and Idukki registered negative annual population growth in 2001-2011 periods of 3.12 and 1.93 respectively. “The fall in number of children below the age of 10 causes more concern. The fall in percentage of children in the age group in Idukki and Pathanamthitta in the last decade is 23.91% and 25.44% respectively. This is an alarming situation so far as Kerala’s socio-economic development is concerned,” said Dr Aneesh, assistant professor, community medicine, Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.
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Azad concerned about growing population
Nairobi, Kenya, Feb 14 : Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said growing population is a matter of great concern.
“More South-South cooperation and mutual understanding would help to redefine strategies in terms of introduction of newer contraceptives, technical protocols and also replicate the successful schemes in the area of population stabilisation,” said Azad, who is also Chairman, Partners in Population Development (PPD).
Azad was on Tuesday addressing a gathering at Nairobi, Kenya on the occasion of Re-Launch of Family Planning Campaign of Government of Kenya during the ongoing three day meeting of the Executive Committee of PPD.
He said: “Kenya and India can engage with each other and work together – We will be glad to share our policy initiatives, schemes, products and expertise.”
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