Guwahati, July 11: The Young Mizo Association (YMA)- the largest and most influential civil society in Mizoram – advised the Mizo couples to produce more babies.
On the occasion of the World Population Day on Wednesday, the central committee of the YMA stated, “The family planning should be interpreted to suit the situation in Mizoram where the population is comparatively sparse.”
The YMA also stated, “The YMA agrees with this year’s World Population Day’s theme ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’.”
The World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
The YMA stated that Mizoram has a population of 12 lakh with a population density of 52 persons per square km against the 382 per square kilometre national average.
Vanlalruata, central YMA president said, “Mizoram has the lowest population density in India, next only to Arunachal Pradesh. The rise in population in Mizoram could develop entrepreneurship in the State. The low birth rate among the dominant Mizo tribe has become a matter of concern not only for the Mizo organisations but also for the churches.”
It may be mentioned that in 2009, the Mizoram Presbyterian Church denounced the birth control policy, saying it was against the “continuation of God’s creation”. On the other hand, in January this year, the local Baptist church of Lunglei Bazar Veng in southern Mizoram announced Rs 4,000 for the fourth baby, Rs 5,000 for the fifth and so on.
The aggregate population growth in the current decade has been 23.48 per cent, while in the earlier decade it was 29.18 per cent, according to Mizoram’s statistical handbook.
With the population today nearing 7.5 billion globally, the census experts predict that by 2030 the number will rise to 8.6 billion – roughly adding 83 million people each year to the planet.