Uttar Pradesh has the dubious distinction of being the most populous state of the country.
The population boom here gave birth to the adage that every sixth Indian is a UP resident.
But, where does the bulk of the UP population come from? It’s the Poorvanchal belt, says the district wise data compiled by the national population register.
The figures serve as food for thought ahead of World Population Day on Thursday.
In Poorvanchal or east UP, Azamgarh holds the top position with 27.40% families here having nine or more members.
The district is closely followed by Jaunpur with 26.30% families having nine or more members.
The figures for some of the districts are: Siddharthnagar (25.50%), Deoria (25.40%), Mau (24.90%), Sant Kabir Nagar (24.80%), Balia (23.40%) and Ghazipur (24.60%).
In comparison, the district in other parts of the state have fewer big families.
Moradabad has 14.10% big families and the state capital Lucknow has only 9.40% families having nine or more members. Jalaun has 14% big families.
Experts say big families in one part of the state indicate that people there lack awareness.
This, they say, means more focus is needed in the eastern part of the state to make people aware of family planning.
“But before that there is a need to study why the awareness level is poor i n Poorvanchal,” says Dr PK Gupta, senior member of the Indian Medical Association.
A strategy with a focus on family planning methods and its adaptability is what is required, he adds.
Dr SK Sikdar, deputy commissioner (family planning), ministry of health and family welfare, says if measures are not taken in Uttar Pradesh, its population might cross the 28-crore mark in the next census from the present 20 crore (census 2011).