The Economic Survey of Pakistan (ESP) reported that the population growth rate of Pakistan has fallen. 2018 witnessed 2.4% population growth, however, 2019 witnessed a reduced 1.89% population growth rate. If everything goes as planned by the state, the government predicts population growth rate reducing to 1.5% by 2025 and 1.1% by the year 2030.
It is claimed in the ESP report that the population of Pakistan is highly composed of working-age individuals. 61.4% of the population is composed of people aged between 15 and 64 years while 22.1 % of the population is composed of children aged between 5-14 years. 12.1% of the population is of children up to 4 years old. The small percentage of small children further proves that there has been a reduction in population growth rate in Pakistan.
Also read: All you need to know about Budget 2020-21
The declining trend in population has been attributed by the government to improve in better family planning programs and frequent use of modern contraceptives. The report states that the contraceptive prevalence stands at 34.2% and family percentage not using it stands at 17%.
Based on the propositions of the Council of Common Interests, an action plan was developed for 2019 up till 2024. In the next 5 years, it is foreseen that the growth in contraceptive prevalence rate will surge from 34% to 50% and reach 60% in the next decade.