We are the inhabitants of the second most populous country, however, seventh largest in terms of area. Not a healthy equation. In terms of nominal GDP, our nation stands at eleventh position in the world, which further dips to 140th when we talk about nominal GDP per capita. Vital to note, as of 2011 we represented the world's second largest labor force with over 486 million workers, however we rank 51st, 24th and 39th in terms of global competitiveness, banking sector and innovation respectively.
per the Planning
21 per cent of the residents fall below the poverty
and the exact figure stands at 269.3 million. The most blatant of all
is the citation by World
which says that almost 49 per cent of world's underweight children,
34 per cent of world's stunted children and 46 per cent of world's
wasted children live in India.
to note the figures and facts? So am I; however our political leaders
are least bothered. While counting his dubious achievements, our
Finance Minister forgot to share these numbers, deliberately. Of all
the figures mentioned above, you may note that our nation is though
low on economic and basic necessity parameters; however, in terms of
population and labor force we supersede almost every other nation.
of cultures, languages, and religions can definitely be felt proud
of, our unjustifiably rising population is surely of no economic or
Rather, we are creating an environment wherein even fast recoveries
and advancements in terms of economic viability would be offset by a
slight increase in the number of members.
our nation afford the inflating population with limited
infrastructure, industrial growth and agricultural output?
Definitely, no is the answer. What should then be done? One way of
resolving this issue can be the expansion of our industries to absorb
rising workforce, better agricultural output to ensure food for all,
extension of police and armed
for maintaining decorum and security, and enhanced educational
to make every child capable.
isn't easy. Let's look at the other side of the coin and try to come
up with an alternative. Shouldn't the groundless and unbearable
population increase be curtailed with a view to serving the present
inhabitants efficiently? Though extension of family and the nation is
essential, there must be a check in place to ensure that we do not
end up in a situation where a major section of our society would
struggle to even arrange food for one time.
has delivered an example which sooner or later has to be implemented
in India too. 'One child policy', public
and easy access to contraception are accompanied with economic
incentives as well as penalties. Incentives include priority access
to better schools, healthcare, and housing for households who adhere
to the policy; however those violating this are penalized with fines,
loss of property, employment, and above all dignity. Surely, we can
adopt the measures that suit our moral as well as social base.
committee can be entrusted with the responsibility to come up with an
effective action plan that can be implemented to control population
rise. Plus, general public shall also participate with suggestions
and will since the outcomes of this measure would widely prosper
every citizen. Let's not run away from this concern as we have been
doing since past many decades, rather take this as a challenge and
deliver a better tomorrow that we and our children can be proud of.
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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.