A Much-needed Step: PM Sets Up Task Force For Population Control

The Federal and the Provincial governments have decided to set task forces within their jurisdictions to tackle the gravest problem Pakistan is facing right now.

The meeting including key representatives from all the provinces was presided over by Imran Khan on Monday. The PM considered the figure of the last census, 207.8 million population as the benchmark.

Asad Umar, Dr Farogh Naseem, Dr Fehmida Mirza, Mohammad­mian Soomro along with chief ministers Usman Buzdar from Punjab, Murad Ali Shah from Sindh, Mahmood Khan from  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Jam Kamal Khan from Balochistan, Razak Dawood (Adviser to the PM on Commerce and Industry) and federal, provincial secretaries and senior officials attended the meeting.

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The meeting concluded with a mission to decrease the annual population growth rate of 2.4% to 1.5%. The task forces will be headed by Prime Minister on national while Chief Ministers on the provincial level. It was also agreed upon to make these task forces within 48 hours.

The task forces will work collaboratively and will consider recommendations presented by the task force constituted earlier on orders of Supreme Court and will submit a comprehensive strategy to tackle the issue to Council of Common Interests (CCI). The comprehensive strategy will also talk about implementation, financial aspects and how to gain support from other segments of the society for effective execution.

As per 2017, which was held after 19 years, the country’s population stood at 207,774,520 living in 32,205,111 households. With increasing population, Pakistan’s unemployment crisis are worsening as well. Country’s working age population is likely to reach 5 million by 2035. To cope up with the alarming figures, Pakistan needs to create 1.3 million jobs and decent work opportunities annually.

As per ILO, 10.8% of people in 15 to 24 years old age group are unemployed.

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