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House, govt consider bill to control population growth

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 29 2011   /  11:06 am

The government and the House of Representatives are mulling creating a legislation on population growth control to gear up efforts to revitalize the country’s long-stalled family planning program, a senior family planning official says.

Sugiri Syarief, the head of Na-tional Demography and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN), said on Monday that despite achievements during the last three years, rapid population growth remained a problem in Indonesia partly due to prolonged neglect of the family planning program in regions and at the local level.

If the law were established, he said, local governments would hopefully be far more committed to controlling the currently high rate of population growth in the country.

“I’m sure it will greatly affect the implementation of our family planning program, providing us with a breakthrough to revitalize this long-stagnated moveme...