There has been a rapid and dramatic rise in world population in the past few years. And if the numbers are not controlled, the world would face disastrous consequences, said eye specialist and writer Dr H R Manikarnika.
Delivering a special lecture on ‘Population explosion, an overview’ organised by District Kannada Sahitya Parishat and Karnataka Vignana Parishat at District Kannada Sahitya Parishat office on Tuesday, Dr Manikarnika emphasised the need to control the rapid rise of world population.
She said: “In 1987, on July 5 when the world’s population reached five billion people, the World Health Organisation declared July 11 as the World Population Day to raise awareness on global population issues. The present population of India has crossed 133 crore but only around 80 crore people are getting basic facilities to live whereas the remaining 53 crore lack basic amenities and are living in pathetic condition.”
“If the same situation persists, no government would be able to cater to necessary services or basic amenities to the citizens. The birth rate has increased by 21 percent and the death rate is eight people per 1000 population. There is a need for greater awareness among people on the population explosion to control this issue.” She added.
President of Mysuru District Vignana Parishat Dr B M Venkatesh, President of Mysuru district Kannada Sahitya Parishat Dr Y D Rajanna, Secretary Jayappa Honnalli, Rajashekhar Kadamba and others were present.