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Iran: Ministers to explain government's birth rate policy to Parliament

Source: Mehr News Agency

The health and welfare ministers will be called to the Majlis Health Committee to explain about the statements by some administration officials who defend encouraging population growth, an MP said on Saturday.

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Hossein-Ali Shahriari, the committee deputy chairman, said the respective ministers have been asked to elaborate on the 'population-increasing policy' advocated by a number of government officials.

Following statements by a number of officials including the welfare minister who have said it is necessary to review the current policy on controlling birth rate, the parliamentary committee has decided to invite the welfare and health ministers to bring the committee up to speed with regard to the administration's stance on the issue, Shahriari told the Mehr News Agency.

"What has been proposed so far has just been a viewpoint... but for the health committee which addresses the general public health, it is important to know the expert dimensions of the issue..." he noted.

In a recent television interview President Ahmadinejad said he opposes the policy "two children are enough".

The president said his government plans to pay about 10,000,000 rials (about 1000 dollars) to any newborn child in the current year. The president said the sum will be increased by 10 percent every year.

Two former health ministers who currently sit on the Majlis health committee have opposed any policy to increase population rise.

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