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Create one-child policy now!

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Jamaica's development has stagnated over the years, and it is highly unlikely that Vision 2030 will be achieved. According to the 2011 Doing Business report, Jamaica ranked 88th out of 183 countries. This was also one of the lowest in the region.

Further to this, the International Monetary Fund recently reported that Jamaica has a poverty rate of 43.1 per cent. Also, six per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) goes to crime-fighting initiatives. In addition to this, it must be noted that the Economic and Social Survey of Jamaica (2009) reported that most of the criminal activities in the country were orchestrated by youths in the 15-24 age group.

Youth crimes have a negative impact on Caribbean economies. It was recently reported by the United Nations that 2.8 to 4.0 per cent of GDP in CARICOM countries is used to improve crime-fighting initiatives.

Therefore, it is apt to say that a one-child policy should be quickly implemented in Jamaica. The National Family Planning Board has failed to adequately educate the population. Thus the resulting thousands of poor, broken families.

We cannot continue as a country to support individuals who choose to have children, but are unable to adequately care for them. This creates the perfect environment for poverty, and poverty breeds crimes.

Unaffordable arrangement

It is becoming too costly for the State to provide for all poor families. Therefore, Jamaica should follow the path of other countries such as China, which implemented a one-child policy. If this is done, Jamaica's expenditure on welfare could be reduced and the remaining funds be used to provide micro, small and medium-size enterprises with a stimulus. This would boost production and increase the demand for goods and services.

In addition, thousands of jobs will be provided for skilled and semi-skilled workers.

I strongly believe that it makes no sense to use public funds to provide for irresponsible persons who live by the words, "Men should be fruitful and multiply." These people believe that their only purpose is to procreate.

A one-child policy should be on the top of the current administration's agenda. It is time we send a message to those irresponsible adults who believe that it is their right to populate the earth and that it is the Government's responsibility to provide for them when they become delinquents.

LIPTON MATTHEWS

lo_matthews@yahoo.com

St Andrew