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India awaits world's 7 billionth baby

lucknow Updated: Oct 31, 2011 09:03 IST
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With a UN report saying that the world's seven billionth baby is expected to be born in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh on Oct 31, NGOs have zeroed in on seven expectant mothers in a village near Lucknow and made arrangements for a grand reception.

Even though United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) has not pinpointed where the landmark baby would be born, experts have identified a particular area in the vicinity of Lucknow.

No sooner than the UN highlighted Oct 31 as the symbolic date for the event, Plan -- a Britain-based children's welfare NGO -- began the countdown for the birth of a girl in a village near Lucknow, the capital of India's not only the most populous but also the state with the highest fertility rate.

The NGO's India chapter -- Plan India -- has organised a major event at the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Mal village, about 23km from Lucknow, on Monday.

Top state officials are expected and state population registrars, social workers, the media and local celebrities will attend a special ceremony at the community health centre, where the new-born will be instantly issued birth certificates as a part of their 'Right to Identity'.

"An average of 15,000-16,000 children are born every day in Uttar Pradesh and of these as many as 350 take birth in Lucknow," she added.

In 1999, the UN named a Bosnian son of refugee parents the world's sixth billionth person, but it has no such plan to name anyone this time.

It has, however, launched a global campaign called '7 Billion Actions', asking individuals, organisations and corporations to share their stories of how the world of seven billion people can be a better place for all to live.