Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): Denouncing the six decade old India’s family planning program and almost one decade old National Population policy, Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) chief Lalduhoma endorsed population growth program and said that the population of Zo ethnic tribes should keep growing in order to prevent them from being socially and economically assimilated.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference here today, Lalduhoma said Mizoram has to suit to population growth program as the Mizos are vulnerable to assimilation due to least population.
He said that Mizoram is one of the least populous states in India with vast track of land and according to 2011 general census there are only over 10 lakhs population in the state.
While the average population density of India is 382 persons per square kilometer, the population density of Mizoram per square kilometer is only 52, he added.
“ Awareness of family planning in Mizoram is a blunder. Family planning is not practically necessary in Mizoram even as other Indian states practice it,” he said.
According to Lalduhoma, the growth rate of Mizoram’s population during 10 years from 2001-2011 was 22.78 per cent and the growth percentage is likely to come down in future due to increase in mortality rate of young people.
He said that the Mizos would face the same fate of the Karens in Burma, Mikir and Bodo in Assam, Deb Barman and Riang (Bru) in Tripura who are facing gradual assimilation, unless population growth is encouraged in Mizoram.
Giving an example of some developing states with dense population like China, Japan, USA and South Korea he said, “the more increase in population means the more availability of foods and money.”
He said that his party, if comes to power would propagandize population policy aiming at population growth and would provide medical allowance, education allowance, residential allowance and family maintenance allowance to families which have three children and above.
It may be mentioned here that India started its family planning in 1952 and the National Population Policy (NPP) was introduced in the country in 2000. The National Population Policy (NPP) 2000 provides a policy framework of achieving goals and prioritizing strategies during the next decade to meet the reproductive and child health needs of the people of India along with the target to achieve the net replacement levels (Total Fertility Rate). The NPP proposed confining family size to two children and aims at stable population by 2045.