“Disproportionate population growth will lead to strain on natural resources”
VELLORE: “The government should provide Rs. 1 lakh to a couple if they undergo sterilisation after the first child.” “The government should bear the entire education expenses of the child, whose parents had undergone sterilisation after the birth of the first child”. “Family cards should be given only to those families which stop with one child”.
These were some of the suggestions for population control given by the students of the Dhanabagyam Krishnaswamy Mudaliar (DKM) College for Women at a seminar organised jointly by the Field Publicity Office, Vellore, office of the Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore and the National Service Scheme (NSS) of the DKM College here on Friday.
Water, food scarcity
Inaugurating the seminar, Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav said that of late, there is a lot of talk that India has the largest youth population which, which if capitalised properly, could lead to the economic development of the country. Though this is true, any disproportionate growth in the population would lead to a strain on the limited natural resources. If this growth were not checked, it would lead to water scarcity, food scarcity and housing shortage. Increase in population also leads to increasing use of consumer goods and increase in industrial production, leading to aggravation of the problem of environmental pollution, he said.
S. Rajasekharan, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore said that food shortage would be one of the most serious problems that would arise from the unchecked growth in population in view of the conversion of fertile agricultural land into housing layouts to provide houses for the growing population. In these days when both the couples work, it is difficult for such families to maintain more than one or two children. Therefore, it is advisable for families to restrict their families to just one or two children. Men should come forward to undergo vasectomy, since it was easier compared to tubectomy, where the women have to be hospitalised for three days, he said.
T. Sivakumar, Field Publicity Officer, said that the programme was being conducted in a women’s college to educate the students so that they could form their views on the small family norm which they could translate into practice after getting married. The world’s population which was 100 crore in 1804 had reached 670 crore on July 11, as per the Population Clock website. It is expected to go up to 800 crore in 2024. At the present rate of growth in the birth rate in India, the population of India would exceed that of China by 2025, he said.
K. Sivachandra Bose, NSS Coordinator, Thiruvalluvar University said that India suffered from over-population, which would lead to urbanisation and the consequent environmental problems. It is a moot question as to how India is going to sustain the environment for the betterment of society in the context of the growing population.
R. Prema, Joint Director of Medical and Rural Health Services, Raja Sivanandam, Deputy Director of Medical Services (TB), K. Revathy, Principal, DKM College for Women, and K. Gopalarathinam, District Entomologist spoke.
Earlier, the students took a pledge to aid in the task of population control by adopting measures such as marrying at the right age, delay in getting the first child, sufficient spacing between two children and striving to make family welfare a people’s movement.