Jamshedpur July 11: Tata Steel Foundation today observed the World Population Day which is noted the world over for promotion of crucial issues such as family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Raksha Choudhry, a Social worker.
The Foundation recognized 100 couples who have only one or two children and who have used any temporary method of family planning for spacing between two children. They had been selected from 10 maternal and child health centers being run by Tata Steel Foundation in and around Jamshedpur.
Speaking on the occasion, Raksha Choudhry said “Family planning, correct nutrition and hygiene are subjects gaining increasing amount of attention today. I am glad that we are speaking about it and encouraging our communities to step forward in this task.”
World population Day was instituted by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989. The date of observance of World Population Day was inspired by the fact that the world’s population reached five billion people on July 11, 1987. This concern for the rapid growth of population resulted into the establishment of World Population Day on the same date.
Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right. It is also central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and is a key factor in reducing poverty. Investments in making family planning available also yield economic and other gains that can propel development.