Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken on Monday said India was on the path of becoming the most populous nation by 2025 surpassing China.

The country would have to face many new challenges, if the population continued to grow at the current rate, Mr. Maken said.

Expressing concern over the rising population at a National Workshop on ‘Youth for Population Stabilisation,' held to mark “World Population Day” at Vigyan Bhavan here, Mr. Maken urged the youth to spread the message of population stabilisation.

The workshop, jointly organised by the Jansankhya Sthirta Kosh (National Population Stabilisation Fund of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, called for urgent steps to stabilise the population in view of the limited available resources within the country.

Inaugurating the workshop, Mr. Maken said it was estimated that India would have a population of 139 crore by 2025.

However, he said if population growth was a challenge, it could also be converted into an opportunity as average age in India by 2020 would be among the lowest.

“The average age in India would be 29 years by 2020, while in China it would be 37 years and in Japan 48 years. This would help young India convert this challenge into an opportunity,” he said.

For achieving this, Mr. Maken listed a five-point agenda for youth which included education, health, empowerment with skill development, improving the child sex ratio by empowering women and sustainability in every sphere.

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