PACITAN, KOMPAS.com - Indonesia’s population in 2011 increased by 241 million whereas the government’s target for 2013 is only 243 million, a reliable source said.
"Therefore, we have to work hard to limit population growth," the head of the National Family Planning and Population Board (BKKBN), Soedibyo Ali Moeso, said here on Tuesday.
Soedibyo made the statement when accompanying Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Imam Sufaat to dedicate Air Force civic mission in Pacitan district, East Java. He said population growth in Indonesia was 4.9 percent per year, and therefore BKKBN was of the opinion that all parties should work hard to reduce it.
Soedibyo explained that the bottleneck in the process of population control is the implementation of regional autonomy since the reform era in 1998 and the limited funds. He pointed out that even a number of districts in Indonesia did not receive Special Allocation Funds (DAK) because the family planning activity there was not successful.
Soedibyo also said in Jakarta early this month that Indonesia’s population in 2011 has increased by more than 241 million. He said that base on 2010 census, the population exceeded the national projection of 237.6 million souls with a growth rate of 1.49 percent per year.
The BKKBN spokesman added that if the pace of population growth was 1.49 percent per year, the figure would increase every year by about more than 3.5 million people.
"Thus the population in 2010 was 237.6 million, and in 2011 it increased by 3.5 million to become more than 241 million in total," Sudibyo said at the time.
He said that if the population growth rate is not lowered, the country’s population would rise to 450 million in 2045, meaning that one among 20 people in the world would be an Indonesian.
Therefore, Sudibyo said, concrete steps should be taken to reduce the rate of population growth and to increase the population’s quality through various programs.