Source: The Daily Star, Dhaka, Monday, October 25, 2010
Muhith slams UNFPA report on population
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday termed the UNFPA's recent report on Bangladesh's population as 'unauthorised meddling', claiming they do not have the right to do this.
"They did not consult with the government and it was done in a peculiar way," said Muhith at a discussion meeting on "The State of the Economy", organised by Economic Reporters' Forum at the Jatiya Press Club auditorium.
The minister also suspected some evil quarters were behind this report, adding the relevant government agencies will meet today and would express reaction to the report.
UNFPA on Thursday in its "State of the World Population 2010" report revealed that the population of Bangladesh is now 16.44 crore, with a growth rate of 1.4 percent per thousand.
The report also predicted that country's population would be 22.25 crore by 2050.
It stated that 28 percent people live in urban areas, where the population growth is 3.2 percent per thousand. The fertility rate in the country is 2.25 percent, with 72 of every 1,000 female aged between 15 and 19 years give birth to their first child.
The mortality rates of under five-year-old males and females are 58 and 56 per thousand respectively while the infant mortality rate is 41 per thousand, said the report.
Female life expectancy in the country stands at 68.1 years while it is 65.8 years for males.