WORLD POPULATION FORTNIGHT

With the world observing the Population Fortnight beginning 11th July, the fortnight assumes maximum significance for India especially in view of Indian population graph moving ahead at such a pace that the nation will soon have a population larger than that of China. What is more worrying aspect for the nation is that the rate of population growth of this magnitude is far out of balance with rates of social and economic advancement in India as a result of which there is an imminent danger of an unprecedented crisis on this count in the near future especially if appropriate measures including the imposition of coercive measures for fertility regulation are not taken well in time to curb the possibility of such an eventuality. It is pertinent to mention here that World Population Day is a great event being celebrated all over the world annually on 11th of July. It is celebrated to increase the awareness of the people towards the worldwide population issues. It was first started in the year 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was exalted by the interest of the public when the global population reached nearly five billion on 11th July 1987. The theme for this year’s World Population Day being “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” It is pertinent to mention here that this year’s celebrations coincide with the Family Planning Summit, the second meeting of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative, which aims to expand the access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020. Here those at the hem of affairs in the governance of this largest democracy need to pay equal rather more attention towards the fast ticking Population Bomb that has the potential of not only mass starvation of humans but also resulting in other major societal upheavals. In India successive governments continue to make tall claims about self sufficiency in terms of food but never has the darker side of this very highly parroted achievement highlighted. It needs to be understood and realized that despite having sufficient food as per the Indian population count, a substantial section of the population does not have the financial capacity to purchase even the meager amount food grains essential for survival. Not only this, thousands of metric tonnes of food grains get rotten due to absence of proper storage facilities across the nation. Thus it would not be wrong to say that despite self sufficiency and launching various schemes to address the food issue, the existing population in India is not being fed adequately, and in view of population growing rapidly it would be unreasonable to expect sufficient improvements in food production to feed everyone unless a slew of measure are taken well in advance without any further delay. Another most important fact is that the growing population placed escalating strains on all aspects of the natural world which is the only source of food or other materials necessary for ensuring comfortable life for the people. One shudders to imagine the situation in the country when we become the most populous nation in the world. It would not be a moment to be proud of but to hang our heads in shame for not being able to handle something which was well within our own control. Over population is always followed by competition for resources, jobs, booming corruption in all walks of life, deteriorating rule of law, increasing crime rate, destruction of wild life, increasing noise, unhygienic surroundings, crowded transportation and much more. It is hoped that the policy planners rise to the occasion and meticulously plan a strategy in synchronization with the aims and objectives behind celebrating the World Population Fortnight to overcome the imminent crisis the nation is heading towards.