Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar emphasised the need for greater discussion and awareness on the population as India is estimated to become the most populous country by 2027.
“Population policy should intend to stabilise population and it requires both macro and micro approach. The government is ensuring that everyone gets clean fuel, house, clean water and health care,” the union minister said as she inaugurated and presided over the Seminar on Population, Human Capital and Sustainable Development (healthy people – healthy future), recently.
Enumerating how population estimation is critical in the distribution and access to public goods, she brought to light the critical role Population Research Centers (PRCs) can play in carrying out research on contemporary issues. She underlined that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is committed to strengthening the health infrastructure across the country and fulfil the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Health for All’.
On the occasion, Dr Pawar inaugurated a digital population clock at the Institute for Economic Growth nestled inside the University of Delhi. She also launched a book ‘Infant and Child Mortality In Assam – Demographic and Socio-Economic Interrelations’ authored by Dr Dipanjali Haloi and Dr Suresh Sharma and an HMIS Brochure / Ready Reckoner at the event.