Population Policy: Urgent need of hour

Every year India adds to its population, the population of countries such as Cameroon (14.7 mn), Kazakhstan (15.4 mn), Madagascar (15.1mn) and Netherlands (15.8mn). UN demographers estimate that by the year 2016, India will have more people than in Europe and in the next 3 decades we will overtake China as most populous nation.

You will be surprised to know that India was the first nation to have a population policy but the policy has not achieved the target it was supposed to. It is very important to rework on the policy to control the population. The uncontrollable population is the root cause of various problems engulfing our nation. There is problem of water, power, housing, diminishing forest area, global warming, depleting natural resources, healthcare, unemployment etc. Let me try to explain you how the population is hampering the infrastructure development of our country.

1. Imagine that the government plans to open a new University in region X for Y students. By the time University gets functional after few years, we have (Y+Z) students but the seats available are Y only. Thus Z numbers of students fail to get seat despite scoring high percentage of marks.

2. Government plans a bridge/fly over for A Vehicles to reduce traffic. By the time the bridge is ready, we have (A+B) vehicles on street ready to use the bridge. Result, the problem of congestion continues.

3. The population is constantly increasing but the available natural resources are limited. So this leads to scarcity.

4. The production of wheat in our country has stagnated for last 4-5 years but the population has not. Hence their is more demand but the supply remains same. Result- Impending wheat crisis.

5. The ratio of increase in population and creation of job is not linear. Hence there is rising rate of unemployment.

If I try to imagine a step further. Then with growing population and limited resources, a tension will creep in various states of India. Already, we have seen similar cases in Maharashtra and Karnataka. The states having large number of jobs will be forced to have reservation for locals. There will be laws to prohibit influx of population from other states. This will lead to chaos among people from other states. We will be pushed on the verge of civil war where there will be fight over food and water. We will never be able to beat poverty.

Today also, if you compare American or European poverty line, you will find that 85 per cent Indians are living below poverty line as per American or European standards of Germany and America. With this population growth rate we will never be able to achieve the vision of being a developed nation.

So what is the solution?

The solutions lie in reworking the policies and motivating people to have smaller family. There is need to have more awareness among masses. The literacy rate should be improved. Moreover, if our government seriously tries to solve the problem then it must ensure better standard of living for the current population. The religious leaders should also ask the people to focus on better living than bigger family.

Few more ways can be:

1. A candidate can not contest election if he has more than two children.

2. Tax benefits

3. Poor families who agree to have two kids only should be given some special incentive in form of ration or job.

4. Reservation benefit should be given to only those families who have only two kids.

These are my suggestions. Proper policies on this regard can be framed and we must be able to evolve something.

But will it happen?

It can happen only if the political parties are determined enough to implement the policies stringently. As of now, I cannot look at any party, which will be interested in this. But I want to make one point very clear that a democracy won’t be able to survive the large population. There will be total discord and anarchy if this growth is not controlled.

Condoms and their Contribution to India’s Development.

CondomsCONDOM OR Nirodh is one word, which is still not being used in our society openly but with the problem of population bomb looming over India and AIDS control programme, have got wide recognition and a large number of people are open to the word Nirodh or condom. Nirodh, meaning protection was the brainchild of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) student and went on to create history in the country’s family planning movement. It was the collective effort of management that led to spectacular success of Nirodh.

In 1964 India’s population was 470 million and with an annual addition of 12 million it was to double in three decades. Since urgent steps were the need of the hour, the allocation for the family planning in the Third Plan was quintupled to $56 million and help of international agencies was sought.

Condoms were available in India since the 1940s even in 1968 the total users of the product by four private manufacturers was barely one million and at 25 paise, the price was same as in US markets.

Therefore they were available to elite classes only. To tackle this, it was suggested that government should import condoms and sell it at 5 paise, which was done but it was essential that we had our own condom manufacturing unit to tackle the growing demand. In 1969, Hindustan Latex Limited (HLL) set up the first condom factory in Thiruvananthapuram with an annual production of 144 million pieces.
It is estimated that over five million people in India are infected with HIV/AIDS. National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) recognises the usage of condom in order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and has started focusing on areas where spread is more likely. It believes that promoting condoms among high-risk groups such as prostitutes and their clients is the best way to slow the spread of AIDS. The other advantage of condoms is that they prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well. The condom is effective at reducing the transmission of genital herpes, warts, syphilis, gonorrhea and many others. Condoms are often used in sex education programmes, because it has the capability to reduce the chances of pregnancy and the spread of some sexually transmitted diseases when used correctly. Indian made condoms have done reasonably well and are considered as a blessing. Now HLL produces the world’s largest variety of condoms.
condom.jpgThough the Indian population has more than doubled in the last three decades and is predicted to be the world’s largest by 2050, the growth rate has fallen considerably and much of the credit goes to the humble Nirodh.
There are umpteen advantages of using condoms. But still awareness regarding condom is very low. It is high time that we realised the importance of using condoms and thus contributing towards nation’s development. The government of India and many NGOs are doing their best.
So the next time when you hear the word ‘condom’ don’t feel shy and try to spread awareness regarding it to your friend, family, colleague, among others. By doing so, you will help them and the government. Probably this is the reason the country’s population growth rate is down from 2.4 per cent in 1964 to 1.8 per cent in 2005.