Rio advises Nagaland – ‘Small family-happy family’

Dimapur, July 11 (MExN): Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio urges all citizens of the State to work towards realizing the population-mitigating strategies and programs of the government to attain “socio-demographic goals” and better the lives of the people. The chief minister was addressing the people as part of the government observing World Population Day, July 11. 

“With a population of more than 7 billion as of March, 2012, it is very important for the people on earth to realize the value of healthier lives and importance of small families,” the chief minister said in his speech, a copies of which were sent to the media. And in the words of the chief minister himself, World Population Day which started in 1987, “has gained much popularity with support from organizations and masses around the world.”

The chief minister said that starting from July 11 up to the 24th a fortnight observance will be held throughout the State with Family Planning services being provided “through our wide network of trained health professionals in the government run hospitals.” In addition, he said “wide publicity, advocacy and awareness campaigns are being conducted at district block and village levels with the aim to reach the grassroots in the rural areas.”

Rio said “population stabilization” is the key towards attaining the national socio-demographic goals as envisaged in the National Population Policy 2000. “Addressing the unmet needs for basic reproductive and child health services, supplies and infrastructure; promoting delayed marriage for girls, not earlier than age 18 and preferably after 20 years of age; achieving universal access to information and counselling, and services for fertility regulation and contraception with a wide basket of choices; and for vigorously promoting the small family norms to achieve replacement levels of Total Fertility Rate (TFR), which are some of the Goals visualized in this Document.”

Stating the objectives and strategies, Rio said “we all need to come together and work toward achieving the goals at large, specifically, we the people of Nagaland must make the right informed choice with the rights vested in us all.”

By achieving the stated goals, he said, “let Nagaland be an exemplary state for others where development, vis-à-vis population and socio-economic growth go hand in hand living a contented life with the highest attainable quality and let the message of ‘Small Family- the basis of Happiness’ reach every nook and corner of the state.”