At a time when the Centre is advocating a family planning to check the population boom, the Church, to which more than half of the state population belong, is contemplating measures to encourage birth of more children.
The Synod Executive Committee had been entrusted to take necessary actions to widely educate the church members to have as many children as possible, which was in ”compliance” with the teachings of the Bible.
”Even if the Centre has a policy of birth control, the State Government should be requested to slow down its effort while, at the same time, not contravening the family planning programme,” a church leader told UNI here on Saturday.
According to the statistics of the Presbyterian Church in Mizoram, last year’s birth rate among the church members was 18.77 per cent against the death rate of 4.97 per cent.
In some pastorates, 26 families shared one new born in a year, the Church’s statistics said.
The population of Mizoram was 0.89 million, according to 2001 census, and scattered over nine districts, 26 blocks and 817 villages.
The state has the density of 42 persons per sq km.
As against a decadal growth rate of 21.54 per cent at the national level, the population of the State has grown by 29.18 per cent over the period 1991-2001.
The sex ratio of Mizoram at 935 females to 1000 males is higher than the national average of 933.
Female literacy of the state rose to 86.13 per cent from 78.6 per cent in 1991.
Besides the Church, the state’s major NGOs are also generally of the opinion that birth control was not ideal for Mizos who were under the threat of demographic invasion from the ”stronger” plains people. (UNI)