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Task forces set up to control population growth
By Tariq Butt November 21, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: The federal and provincial government has decided to form task forces within their jurisdictions to control rapid population growth.

A meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan considered the figure of 207.8 million population in the last census as a benchmark to discuss the issue of population welfare and its control.

Finance Minister Asad Umar, Law and Justice Minister Dr Farogh Naseem, Inter-Provincial Co-ordination Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza, Privatisation Minister Mohammad Mian Soomro, Chief Ministers Usman Buzdar of Punjab, Murad Ali Shah of Sindh, Mahmood Khan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Jam Kamal Khan of Balochistan, Adviser to the Premier on Commerce and Industry Abdul Razak Dawood, federal and provincial secretaries and other senior officials attended the meeting.

It decided to reduce population growth rate of 2.4 per cent per annum to 1.5 per cent.

The task forces will be headed by the prime minister at the national level and by the respective chief ministers at the provincial levels. The process of establishment of task forces will be completed within 48 hours.

The task forces will consider the recommendations made by the task force constituted earlier on the orders of the Supreme Court and will submit a comprehensive action plan to the Council of Common Interests (CCI), taking into account the future implementation strategy of the action plan, the financial aspects and other issues relating to garnering support of all segments of society for the success of a comprehensive population control programme.

According to the 2017 census, which was held after a gap of 19 years, the country’s population has been counted at 207,774,520 living in 32,205,111 households.

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