Unchecked population growth needs immediate attention: Prime Minister Abbasi

Islamabad, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that unchecked population growth is a major challenge in ensuring sustainable growth and needs immediate attention of the provincial governments. He said that there was a need for greater investment for enhancing access and quality of service delivery in this sector especially for the people of far-flung areas and to integrate these programs with health service delivery programs being provided at gross root levels.

The Prime Minister was meeting a delegation of Population Council headed by its Country Director Dr. Zeba A. Sathar (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz) at Prime Minister Office today. The delegation included Dr. Ali Mohammad Mir, Director Programs, Ms. Seemin Ashfaq, Dr. Hamid Mukhtar, senior economist. Dr. Zeba A. Sathar presented an overview of the demography of the country and its impact on economic growth in comparison with other Muslim countries of the world as well as countries in the region.

She also presented Council’s recommendations which could help to overcome the challenge of rapid population growth and encourage the provincial governments to undertake effective measures for managing population growth. The Prime Minister assured the delegation that the issue would be taken up with the provincial governments at the platform of Council of Common Interests for a consensus-based national strategy.

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