The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Speak­ers at a me­dia work­shop on Sun­day urged the prov­inces to in­crease the bud­get for fam­ily plan­ning up to 3 per cent to full­fil its ob­jec­tives.

The speak­ers pointed out that af­ter 18th Amend­ment, it is im­per­a­tive for prov­inces to give due im­por­tance to pop­u­la­tion wel­fare pro­gramme and com­mit po­lit­i­cally and fi­nan­cially to con­tinue pro­grammes.The event was or­ga­nized by Rah­numa-Fam­ily Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion of Pak­istan (FPAP). A large num­ber of me­dia per­sons, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments, ule­mas, ser­vice providers, part­ners and civil so­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended the moot. Work­shop par­tic­i­pants stressed that it is hard time for prov­inces to un­der­stand the cir­cum­stances prop­erly and iden­tify threats and op­por­tu­ni­ties which arises af­ter de­vo­lu­tion of min­istry of Pop­u­la­tion Wel­fare.

They pointed out that pol­icy mak­ers and im­ple­menters should be well aware about gaps and reper­cus­sions and un­met need of fam­ily plan­ning, adding that th­ese is­sues should be ad­dressed on pri­or­ity.

Ex­perts work­ing on pop­u­la­tion is­sues stated that the po­lit­i­cal par­ties should ad­dress small fam­ily norm as their man­i­festo dur­ing elec­tion cam­paigns.

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