J&K Tops in Population Control
Jammu & Kashmir jointly topped the list of states in population control. Along with West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, J&K recorded a Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 1.6 in 2015, which was the lowest among the 22 large states for which data is available. The information was presented in Rajya Sabha on 28th March by Anupriya Patel, minister of state of health and family welfare.
Public debates in India sometimes suggest that population growth is primarily influenced by religion. However, data put out by government over the last few years suggests that regional differences may well be far more important than religious differences. For example, Census 2011 data showed that Muslims make up 14.22% of India’s population. In the states of J&K and West Bengal, Muslims make up 68.31% and 27.01% of the population respectively. One way of looking at the data is that two of the three states with lowest TFR have a Muslim population significantly higher than the national population. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, is a state where Hindus make 87.58% of the population, which is higher than their share in India’s population.
(Extracted from http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/)