Public cooperation, not law key to population control: Azad

Terming population stabilisation as "most important", Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the government will strive for achieving it through people`s cooperation rather than taking the legislation route.

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 21:32 PM IST

New Delhi: Terming population stabilisation
as "most important", Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad
today said the government will strive for achieving it through
people`s cooperation rather than taking the legislation route.

"We are building new infrastructure, increasing food
production but everything is proving to be less than required
due to lack of population control. How to tackle it is the
biggest question before India now," he said.

Azad was talking to the media after inaugurating the
pavilion of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry -- with the
theme of "population stabilisation" -- at the India
International Trade Fair here.

"We are striving for cooperation and support of the
people rather than taking the legislation route for population
stabilisation," he said and appealed to the people to avail
the new technologies for birth control.

"Earlier, so many new scientific methods, technologies,
medicines and contraceptives were not available for both men
and women. I hope the people will avail all these facilities
for family planning," he said.

Azad said his ministry was contemplating refocusing on
"field publicity" in rural areas to spread the message about
various schemes. "Earlier, field publicity was the key but now
electronic media has reached everywhere. But unfortunately,
electronic media is focusing more on the juicy news. May be,
we need to refocus on field publicity," he said.

Earlier, Azad took a round of the pavilion where the
message of population stabilisation has been given through
models, posters and informative panels, stalls displaying
contraceptives and condom vending machines.

Officials said a "renewed focus" is being given by the
Ministry on population stabilisation.

The pavilion will also have free eye check-up, cancer
awareness and screening, sterilisation camp and facilities for
emergency contraceptive consultation other than consultation
for ayurvedic, homoeopathy and unani systems of medicine.

HLL Lifecare, Voluntary Health Association of India and
National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme are among the
enterprises which have set up their stalls.

At the NVBDCP stall what caught Azad`s attention was
display of larva of dengue-carrier ades agypti mosquito and
the larva-eating gambusia fish in a glass jar.

PTI