Correspondent

World Population Day observed in district

Kakinada: East Godavari Collector M Subrahmanyam has advised people to strive for population control treating it as a social responsibility. Participating as chief guest in a function held at the Collectorate here to mark the celebration of World Population Day, he said, the country would not flourish unless the growing population was controlled. Stating that the district population crossed 50 lakhs, State’s population 8 crores and country’s population 102 crores, he said, if the same trend continued by 2050 our population would cross the 150-crore mark, surpassing China. He warned that population explosion would lead to disastrous consequences in future. Pointing out that child marriages were responsible for infant mortalities and population growth, he advised parents not to perform their wards’ marriages till crossing minority.

Zilla Parishad chairman Ch S Venugopala Krishna said people would face food scarcity in the coming years if the population was not controlled. MLA Mutha Gopalakrishna said advancements in the field of science was the major factor for control of dreaded diseases such as plague, cholera and increase in life span. He opined that creation of proper awareness on family planning would go a long way in controlling the population growth.

DMHO Dr Vijayakumar presided. The Collector presented awards to staff of the PHCs that achieved best results in family planning and also to students who emerged victors in essay writing competitions. Earlier the Collector flagged off the rally highlighting the need for population control at the DMHO’s office.