Modi presses for population control in Bihar
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2011, 19:11
  
Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today called for measures to control population growth to ensure faster development of the economically backward state.

Bihar has a population growth rate of 3.9 per cent against 1.7 per cent in the states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Modi told a seminar.

Modi emphasized on the need for various measures to bring under control the population growth rate in Bihar in order to ensure its economic development and said that an awareness campaign about family planning must be carried out among the people.

Regretting shortage of hospitals and medical colleges, he said that the state government was planning to set up medical colleges in Pawapuri, Betiah, Madhepura and Bihta near the state capital and another college for paramedic courses in Patna.

Modi, however, said immunization of children had increased considerably with 66.61 per cent being immunized against the national ratio of 61 pc. The figure was 18.8 per cent in 2005 in Bihar before NDA came to power, he said.

Delivery of new-borns in hospitals too had increased at Rs 15 lakh in 2010-11 as against 1.12 in 2006-7, Modi said.

The state government has proposed to distribute health cards among about 3.41 crore children under the health guarantee scheme, he said.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, September 25, 2011, 19:11


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