Population growth, fertility rate dip

Kounteya Sinha | TNN | 12 July 2011

NEW DELHI: India’s decadal growth rate has come down from 21.54 in 2001 to 17.64, according to the latest census.

Also encouraging is the steady decline in the Total Fertility Rate, which is currently 2.6 — a 42% decline from the mid-1960s.

This was stated by Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in a unique get together of two of the world’s most populated nations, India and China, on Monday.

Azad, who had earlier made it clear that India would not follow China’s footsteps of pushing a one-child norm, was addressing a population conference in China’s Tianjin to mark the “Seven Billion population day.”

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