‘Social development a must for economic development’

* Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman calls for proper control on population growth * Says poverty, ignorance main hurdles in controlling population
‘Social development a must  for economic development’

LAHORE: Minister for Excise and Taxation (E&T) and Finance Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that social development is necessary for economic development and it is not possible without proper control on population growth. 
He also said that poverty and ignorance were the main hurdles in controlling population. 
Talking to delegations of community leaders, doctors and paramedics, he said that there had been a significant increase in the population of the country, while 300-400 mothers lose their lives during pregnancy.
Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that if population growth rate remain unchecked, it would be dangerous for the socio-economic progress of the country. He said that effective results could be achieved by incorporating medical practitioners into the population welfare programmes; whereas awareness seminars and gatherings could help create awareness among the people about the consequences of rapid population growth. 
He said that assistance would be given to those medical practitioners who would help the government control population growth rate, adding that rapid increase in population had become the most important issue in the country. 
“If we want to save the coming generations from serious socio-economic problems, we should all try our level best to control the rapid increase in population,” he said, adding that special attention would be paid on education of women, especially in the remote areas, as they played a critical role in every society.
Shujaur Rehman said that the government was implementing a comprehensive plan for the provision of better healthcare facilities to the people of the province, and for this purpose, all available resources were being utilised and cooperation of international donor agencies likes UNICEF and WHO was being received in this regard. 
“The government is providing maximum funds for the prevention and treatment of cancer and other fatal diseases. To achieve the targets, all-out cooperation and grants will be provided to research-oriented agencies,” he added. 
He said that billions of rupees were being spent on the social sector development programmes and for the provision of modern and standardised educational and healthcare facilities. 

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