Shillong, APR 7 (NPN): Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope today said he would soon summon a meeting to discuss on the state’s high decadal rate.
“The growth in the state’s population is alarming and I will convene a meeting of all legislators to discuss the reasons behind the growth,” Pyngrope told reporters here.
Meghalaya has recorded the highest decadal growth of 27.82 per cent among all the seven north-eastern states, as per the provisional report of Census 2011.
The total population of Meghalaya has been pegged at 29,64,007 comprising 14,92,668 males and 14,71,339 females.
In the sex ratio, the number of females per 1,000 males has increased from 972 to 986, according to the provisional report.
State’s leader of Opposition, Conrad K Sangma had said the population growth in the state is a matter of great concern.
The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) had attributed the increase of population to large-scale influx and asked the State government to immediately put in place anti-influx mechanisms like work permit system and a three-tier identity card system.
The Union had warned the government of a strong agitation if no steps were taken in this regard.
However, director of census operations Meghalaya, K.L. Tariang today refused to divulge whether the population increase could be attributed to influx.
“Until we have the final report, we cannot make any comment,” Mr Tariang said after deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh officially released the Provisional Population Totals at the state secretariat here today.
The latest census has showed a drop in the proportion of child population in the age group 0-6 years with 18.75 per cent though the population in this group was 20.18 per cent in 2001.
The drop could be attributed to the high infant mortality rate in the state. According to the Meghalaya Human Development Report 2008, the infant mortality rate (IMR) in the state in 2007 was 52.28 per 1000 live births and South Garo Hills ranks the highest with 102 IMR.
The rest of the Northeastern states showed IMRs that were lower than Meghalaya in the same year, the report said.