'Population explosion a worry', govt schemes needed to control it: PM
-The Times of India
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday placed the issue of “population explosion” on the national front-burner, calling it a challenge and exhorting the Centre and states to devise schemes to tackle it.
In his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort, Modi said the rising population was a cause for worry and posed new challenges for the present and the future. He said citizens with small families needed to be held up as role models as their decision was an expression of patriotism and love for the nation.
Modi’s reference to “population explosion” came as a surprise as it was after a long interval that a PM gave the issue any prominence. It also marked a break from the pattern over the past 10-15 years where the bulging numbers were seen as an asset, with the term “demographic dividend” deployed to underline the benefits they could bring.
The other big theme in the PM’s speech was predictably the decision to do away with Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and to create two Union territories of J&K and Ladakh. The dream of “one nation, one Constitution” had been realised and those who oppose the decision should explain why they did not make Article 370 permanent when they were in office, he said.
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