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Yojana. 1972 Nov 15;16(21):859.

Economic effects of population explosion.



India's enormous population explosion neutralizes whatever economic progress the country makes. 70% of the workers are employed in agriculture, yet there is still not enough food. For every 10 workers, there are 25 non-working dependents to feed. Thus, the major part of earned income goes for consumption and little is left over for savings and investment. Per capita income ($73) is the lowest of the first 22 nations. 40% of the population is made up of teenagers, which poses a potential threat to the social security of the nation if their energies are not directed toward constructive goals and if satisfactory jobs cannot be provided for them. The only way to raise economic standards is to reduce the birthrate. To do this, the people must understand the great importance of family planning.

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