Mangalore, July 26: It is not completely possible to control population growth through law. It has to be brought down by creating awareness among people, said Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP.
He was speaking after inaugurating a programme organized at Ravindra Kala Bhavana in the city as part of the World Population Day on Thursday.
Although India is racing past China in terms of population it is heartening that the number of youth in the nation is increasing, which is a good sign for the country, Mr. Kateel said.
Dr. Rukmini M, District RCH Officer, expressed concerns over the rapid growth of population in India. If population growth continues at this rate, Karnataka which currently has a population of 6 crore 11 lakh people will have 12 crore 45 lakh people in the next 45 years, she said.
Prizes were distributed among University College students who had participated in the elocution and essay competitions as part of the World Population Day.
Dr. N S Chennappa Gowda, DK Deputy Commissioner, and Dhanalaxmi Janardhana, Vice President, DK Zilla Panchayat, also spoke.
Dr. K N Vijayaprakash, CEO, DK Zilla Panchayat and Dr. Laxmi Narayana Bhat, Principal, University College, Mangalore, were present.