Govt to bring new population policy soon: Sharmila Farooqui

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KARACHI: Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh on Culture Sharmila Farooqui has said that the Sindh government would bring a new population policy in the next four months, which is in process by the Sindh Population Welfare department in collaboration with United Nation Population Fund.
While speaking on a seminar, organised by the Sindh Population Welfare Department to mark the World Population Day at a local hotel, she said that there was no effective development plan in the country due to the absence of actual figures of the population. “We are allocating funds in each sector without determining the need,” she said. She said that National Assembly’s Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah had asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to carry out a consensus in the country in order to build up a development plan. Sharmila said that the youth needs better opportunities of employment, health, and education, and access of youth to these things would lead the country to become a prosperous nation. She said that likewise other development polices, a national youth development policy should also be formed to provide opportunities to the young generation. She said that the population control debate had faced a severe backlash in country. Sindh took the lead in promulgating the Sindh Child Restraint Marriage Act but it faced severe criticism from the Council of Islamic Ideology, she said.

Source: Daily Times

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