New Delhi: Scores of people, including children, participated in a walkathon in the capital on Wednesday to spread awareness on population issues.

The walkathon was organised by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Jansankhya Sthirta Kosh, an autonomous society which aims to bring the need for population stabilisation into focus.

MP Naveen Jindal and Planning Commission member Syeda Hameed flagged off the walkathon at the India Gate in presence of Keshav Desiraju, Additional Secretary in Health Ministry.

Speaking on the relevance of population issues, Jindal said, "There is an urgent need for collective action for the improved reproductive health of the people of India.

"The aim of this walkathon is to raise awareness and address reproductive health issues including the need for healthy mothers and planned families to achieve population stabilisation," he said.

July 11, the day when the world population touched five billion mark in 1987, is being observed as the World Population Day since 1989 when the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recommendation in this regard. The purpose for observing it was to underline the importance of the population issues like fast growing population despite very limited resources for survival of life on the planet.

“Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services” has been declared as the theme of the World Population Day 2012.


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