Jul 8, 2014, 5:28 PM
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Population plan needs greater scrutiny

Tehran, July 8, IRNA -- Population is one of the most important indices of development, which has always attracted global attention, said a lawmaker.

Wednesday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Mohammad Reza Tabesh, the head of Majlis Environment and Sustainable Development Faction, as saying that positive steps have been taken worldwide to control population growth, as resources are limited.

"According to scientific stats, the Earth’s carrying capacity is about 4 billion people but today nearly 7 billion are living on it," he said, adding that the population is estimated to reach 9 million in the near future.

Tabesh criticized certain hasty population policies taken after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

"Some unreasonable strategies regarding childbearing adopted by the government in the first decade of the victory of Islamic Revolution led to a population explosion and created a large number of problems for people," he said.

“These strategies caused Iranians to behave more cautiously in this respect in later decades.”

The lawmaker noted that the country’s economic conditions and high costs associated with childbearing are among factors leading to a significant drop in population.

Tabesh, however, referred to the imbalance in Iran’s population pyramid in recent years and said if the process continues, the country’s youth population will decline significantly.

He said demographists and scientists have reacted cautiously to the issue, as they agree neither with strict population control nor with uncontrolled birthrate.

“They believe factors leading to aging population in Iran should be identified and studied,” he said.

The lawmaker also said the impacts of cultural, economic and political conditions on population growth should be seriously taken into consideration before making any decision.

Tabesh said the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has notified the general population policies, stressing that the government and Majlis will make their best to implement them.

“In order to prevent unfavorable results, haste should be avoided in solving the problem of population decline,” he said.

Referring to a recent bill, whose ratification will ban birth control surgeries, as an illogical decision, Tabesh asked, “Why were the views of sociologists, psychologists, physicians and demographists not included in the plan?”

The lawmaker noted that according to Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, the government is opposed to those parts of the plan that violate the civil rights of people.

Tabesh declared that people don’t support such plans and mandatory policies will never produce the expected results.

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