India to miss 2045 population target

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New Delhi: India will miss its target of reaching population stabilization by 2045 with the Union Health Ministry now looking at 2060 as a plausible target.

India had set itself the goal of attaining replacement levels of fertility — 2.1 by 2010 — to achieve the larger goal of population stabilization by 2045 — a gap of 35 years. However, by the end of 2010, only 14 states achieved the target. In fact, six states have fertility as high as 3-4.

This has made the Ministry feel that instead of reaching population stabilization in 2045 at 145 crore people, it will reach the target around 2060 at 165 crores.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad feels improving use of any form of contraceptives — male and female condoms, IUCDs or pills — will help India reach its target.

Azad added, “We can’t fool ourselves anymore. Unless the rapid growth of population is contained, it will be difficult to ensure quality education, healthcare, food, and housing, clean drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and a healthy environment for all.”

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