NEW DELHI: The government will not use legislation to control the country’s swelling population.

May 28, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this Times of India story

According to Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, “We are not in favour of controlling population growth through any kind of legislation, but by way of generating awareness and persuading people to have a small family size for betterment of the health of the mother and child.”

He said, “Population is a major concern. India is the world’s second most populous country. Urgent steps need to be taken to stabilise the population for sustainable development.”

According to Azad, India is following the demographic transition pattern of developing countries, from the initial levels of “high birth rate-high death rate” to the intermediate transition stage of “high birth rate-low death rate” which manifests in high rates of population growth, before attaining “low birth rate-low death rate”.

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