A day after Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa proposed a resolution on a two-child norm for population control, Home Minister V S Acharya struck the moderate note saying that the state had to contend with an already “skewed gender ratio” in the 0-6 years age group.
Acharya’s statements came during discussions in the Legislative Council on Friday.
The home minister noted that across the state, the population growth rate was negative, except in Bangalore and Koppal districts, where it was “plus 5 per cent” and “plus 2 per cent” respectively.
The population of the 0 to 6 age group, which was 1.43 lakh during the 1991 census had fallen to 1.05 lakh during the 2001 census, he said and pointed out that the ratio of male to female in this age group was 1000:964.
For one thing, there was a need to promote “responsible parenthood” measures among the economically weaker sections, which account for the large number of infant mortality cases, Acharya said and added that there was also a need to convey the message to women in the reproductive age group. (TOI)