NEW DELHI, July 11 - India today recorded a population of 127,42,39,769, which is growing at a rate of 1.6 per cent a year, and could make the country the most populous in the world by 2050.
At 5 pm today, the World Population Day, the number of Indians hit 127,42,39,769, and is 17.25 per cent of the global population, as per Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh or National Population Stabilisation Fund (NPSF), an autonomous body under the Union Health Ministry which has raised concerns about over-population related problems, if the rate persists.
Noting that India�s population was growing at a faster rate than that of China, which is now the world�s most populous country at around 1.39 billion, an official of the Fund said that the country could become the most populated one by 2050.
�If the current growth rates continue, India will have 1.63 billion people by 2050 and will surpass China,� the official said.
At a function today, Health Minister J P Nadda stressed the involvement of development partners and NGOs in assisting government to achieve population stabilisation goals. � PTI