A conference on population control is under way at the Supreme Court.
The conference is being presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar with Prime Minister Imran Khan as the chief guest.
The conference has been organised by the Law and Justice Commission with addresses expected by the chief justice, prime minister and Maulana Tariq Jameel. Other speakers include BISP Chairperson Dr Sania Nishtar and Federal Health Minister Amir Kayani.
Pakistan’s population is growing at an alarming rate and if measures are not taken it will double in 30 years.
During his visit to London, Justice Nisar had said he would kick-start a campaign in December to raise awareness about the importance of population control.
The CJP had taken suo moto notice of a human rights case in the matter regarding the alarming population growth rate in the country. The apex court had constituted a task force to formulate a mechanism to curb population growth in the country.
Recommendations of population growth task force
- Establish national and provincial task forces for steering, providing oversight and taking critical decisions to reduce population growth, low fertility rate and increase contraceptive prevalence rate.
- Ensure universal access to FP/RH services.
- Federal government to create a five-year non-lapsable special fund for reducing population growth rate with an annual allocation of Rs10 billion. The fund shall be set up exclusively from federal resources without any cut from provincial funds.
- To introduce and implement legislation for population growth control,
- To advocate and communicate a national narrative of reducing population growth rate and achieve socio-economic wellbeing for all.
- Introduce curriculum on health, hygiene and population control in the primary, secondary, college and universities.
- Contraceptive commodity security.
- Joint declaration of Ulema made at Population Summit-2015, Islamabad to be widely advocated.