`India`s growing population rendering dev planning worthless`

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said that the burgeoning population growth in the country was rendering development planning worthless.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 17:32 PM IST

Mumbai: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said that the burgeoning population growth in the country was rendering development planning worthless.

"There is a race between development and growing population. There is no use of planning since the problems remains the same," Azad said after inaugurating a 330-bed
Umrao Hospital in Mira Road about 60 km away from here.

The minister said health facilities are inadequate at present with 20 lakh babies and 70,000 pregnant women dying every year. About 2.70 crore babies are born every year, he said.

Azad said health is a state subject and the state governments do not have the machinery to create health infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing population.

He called for active participation of private sector in the health care and also promised to hike the budgetary allocation for up gradation and capacity enhancement of district, sub-district hospitals, primary and pre-primary health care centres so that they can meet the demands of the population in the next 25 to 30 years.

Azad also said the UPA government has spent Rs 45,000 crore so far on this project and would double the amount in the coming five years.

"India owns 2.5 percent of land of mass in the planet whereas the population is 17 per cent of the world. The pressure of population is unimaginable. We are losing land
especially agriculture land to floods, typhoons, tsumani etc.," Azad added.

PTI