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Population commission, task force on card to control alarming growth rate.

ISLAMABAD -- The government plans to formulate Population Commission of Pakistan (PCP) to sensitize policy makers about alarming population growth rate. The task force has also been proposed under the commission. The basic objectives are to have a consolidated forum of all stakeholders for devising plan of action according to national priorities by adhering to religious doctrines, to deliberate on population control mechanisms by effectively engaging stakeholders and develop consensus on implementation of other priority areas of population as mentioned in Vision 2025.

Annual Development Plan for year 2018-19 on Friday revealed that Population Policy has been finalized and is expected to be notified within this year. For population planning, impact oriented approach has been adopted which would bear dividend in long run. The document said Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, UNFPA and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have started joint project to deal effectively population related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objective of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) contribution is to mainstream population dynamics across core national and provincial development plans and strategies as this is consistent with Agenda 2030 and this will improve the general quality of development planning.

This project will cover research and analysis including impact of population growth and population dynamics on SDGs achievement in Pakistan. Presently, population sector has been accorded as a high priority sector by the government to control the accelerated population growth rate and to improve demographic indicators. The Council of Common Interest (CCI) will decide about future funding and amount to be allocated to Population Welfare Programme for 2018-19. The token money of Rs. 511 million has been allocated in PSDP 2018-19 to this programme. Some most important activities to be undertaken during the year are proposed in new initiatives as 3700 Family Welfare Centres, 350 Reproductive Health-A Centres, 550 Mobile Service Units (MSUs) and 260 Reproductive Health-B Centres are planned to be established.

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Publication:The Messenger (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:May 12, 2018
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