Udupi, July 13, DHNS: ''There is a need to create an awareness on the need for population control,'' said Zilla Panchayat President Gladys Almeida.
Speaking after inaugurating the district-level programme to observe World Population Day, organised jointly by the District Health and Family Welfare Department, State Government Employers Association and Zilla Panchayat, here at Government Women’s PU College on Monday, she said “population explosion gives rise to the problem of shortage of food and shelter. There is lack of awareness on the effects of population explosion. Poverty, illiteracy, superstitious beliefs also led to the increase in the population.”
Zilla Panchayat CEO N Rajashekar said “as the population increases, nature takes its own method to control it. The increase in population is a matter of concern,” he added.
CMC President Dinakar Shetty said “providing education can check the increase in population. The number literates are on rise in the cities. However, a large number of population are still illiterates in rural areas.”
“The inequality in gender ratio will lead to imbalance in society,” he added.
DHO Dr Ramachandra Bayari spoke on the measures taken by Health and Family Welfare department to check the rise in population. He said that every year the world population is growing at a fast rate and on par to that India’s population will cross 200 crore in the next 35 years. Every year 1.55 crore population is added in India and 7.75 lakh population in Karnataka. With better medical facilities and schemes like Mother Child Health Programme and National Rural Health Mission, the infant mortality rate is on decline.
Zilla Panchayat Standing Committee on Education and Health President B K Hegde, College Principal Suresh Thunga, Government Employers Association District President Subramanya Sherigar, Manipal Lecturer Dr Ramachandra Kamath and others were present.