Amid disturbing inhabitant growth in Pakistan, specialists have cautioned that flying headcount poses a better practical danger, and the government may not be capable of meeting the requirements of its rapidly growing population.
While the expansion speed, they told, is not the original reason for all issues, it deepens the forces on livelihoods, biological aids, and condition of specific benefits, mainly fitness and education.
We skipped the boat on incorporating this population change into expansion planning that was done in the 60s and up to the 90s. Since about 2000, we have primarily ignored population in financial planning,” warned Dr Zeba Sathar, who leads the Population Council’s headquarters in Islamabad.
According to an analysis led by several respected institutions, including the United Nations Population Division, Pakistan would need more than 117 million employment, 19 million homes, and 85,000 primary schools in the next two decades to meet the needs of its rapidly growing citizens count.
Almost three decades since the first international population awareness day, which is observed on July 11 as World Population Day every year to build understanding about worldwide population problems, Pakistan’s population growth is threatening.
The globally acknowledged view on population growth is relatively straightforward. Given that there is an appointed portion of ground, an increase in the population will eventually decrease the number of aids that each person can consume and access, ultimately resulting in illness, hunger, and even conflict in some cases.
While Islamabad is not at that stand, there is a powerful opportunity that increased birth rates and fast population increase will yet set the drag on economic growth, said the specialists. According to specialists, if the numbers restart to extend at the same rate, the population of Punjab, which already carries the identification of the most populated area, will be similar to the current national headcount by the moment Islamabad celebrates its centennial.
Another cause of Punjab’s population problem is the growth in the number of underage matrimonies. According to Shahid Nusrat, who serves as Additional Secretary, Technical Welfare, 30 per cent of girls reach married between the ages of 16 and 22.
“That is a significant cause for keeping more children in expansion. The wish for a son is also a cause for an addition in the number of children,” said Nusrat. While Punjab struggles with rapid growth in its agricultural population, metropolitan regions in Sindh are under constant tension of people change due to the non-stop migration of individuals from farm areas and the heavy inrush of individuals from different parts of the country.
In Pakistan’s population problem, Balochistan bagged the crown as the province that has the highest growth rate.
According to professionals, the best option is to integrate health and population so that family planning services are available in health centres at all levels, to avoid any taboo or stigma and to seek planning advice and contraceptives.