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World Population Day observed
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 SILCHAR, July 11 - On the occasion of World Population Day, a symposium on the theme “Family Planning is a Human Right” was organised by Department of Economics, Assam University Silchar on Wednesday.

In his keynote address, Dr Dilip Kumar Dey, Head, Department of Statistics Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak drew a comparative picture of the growth rates of India vis-a-vis other countries and apprised the audience of the projected population of the country in the years to come.

Prof Dilip Chandra Nath, Vice Chancellor of Assam University Silchar, in his presidential address focused on the concepts of total fertility rates and replacement rates of the population and highlighted the fact that within North East India different states have higher fertility rates with Meghalaya having a total fertility rate of more than three.

On the other hand, Sub Divisional Medical and Health Officer, Cachar, Dr Ajit Bhattacharjee in his address explained various technical aspects of family planning programme of the Government of Assam with special reference to Cachar District.

Former Patherkandi MLA and retired Professor, Department of Economics, Karimganj College Dr Sukhendu Shekhar Dutta stressed on the need for targeted intervention to overcome the population boom. He also drew the attention of the audience to the proposed two child policy of the Government of Assam.

Earlier, Prof Niranjan Roy, Head, Department of Economics delivered the welcome address and introduced the theme of the symposium. He highlighted the effects of population growth in the context of available resources and shared the laissez-faire policy of population control. Higher the income growth of population will be less. He has also stressed the need for accelerated economic growth for more productive population.

Hailakandi Corresponded adds : The Hailakandi district observed the World Population Day with a series of programmes.

Rallies were brought out to create awareness at the district and block levels.

Participating in a programme, Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan underscored the need to carry out family planning programmes in order to create awareness among the masses.

Programmes on health-related issues and services were also organised at the block public health centres, community health centres and hospitals. “Awareness programmes have been conducted through rallies, distribution of leaflets, splashing of posters and banners,” said District Media Expert, Monika Das.

Health officials are of the view that a focused effort is needed to provide information and services to newly-married women about family planning.

The United Nations recognises World Population Day as an important event to spread information of population-related issues across the globe.

Tinsukia Correspondent adds: Along with the rest of the world, the World Population Day was observed in Tinsukia today. On the occasion, an awareness meeting was held at the GNM Training centre here which was presided over by Joint Director, Health Services, Dr. Altaf Ahmed. The meeting was addressed by local MLA, Sanjay Kishan, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gurnel Singh, Additional CM & HO (FW), Dr. R Sonowal and many other dignitaries and experts. Speakers laid stress on population control measures. “There is a need to create awareness among the people on various population control measures,” the experts opined. They also elaborated various birth-control measures.

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