Imphal, July 11: Manipur Economic Association observed World Population Day with the theme ‘invest in young people today, to ensure a bright future for Manipur.’ Dr. M. Hemanta Meitei, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Manipur University, gave a speech on ‘Estimating Migrants: Methodological issues.’ Hemanta also presented the figures of migrants living in Manipur from other states according to the census report provided by the government of India; in the year 2001 the figure stood at 54,789 and in 2011 the figure reached 4,44,971, highlighting the rate of increase of migrants in the state during the last ten years. Attending the observation day as Chief Guest, Iboton Singh, Retired Professor, Economics Department, Manipur University said the issue of migration will exist and no one can stop them from coming in the state as they have the freedom to go in every parts of the country according to the fundamental law of India. The reason for their migration in the state is because of work purpose and if the indigenous people do their profession, be it small or big, there won’t be a reason for them to enter the state, added Iboton. He further appealed to all the younger generations not to be choosy in any work as no work is big or small. E. Bijoykumar, President of Manipur Economic Association, Professor, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Manipur University attending the function as President said the Association aims to organise monthly extensive lectures on the subject matter to develop a quality debate among all including the students and civil organisations. Meanwhile, District Health Society,Thoubal also observed the “World Population Day-2014” with the inauguration of “District Family Health Mela” at Thoubal District Hospital to be held till the 24th July 2014.The Population Fortnight with the theme: Planned Family,Happiness Forever Family Health Mela provides temporary Family Planning Methods, Oral pills, Cu-T, Condoms etc. free of cost to the public along with permanent methods of family planning including Tubectomy, Vasectomy and NSV were also made available to the public free of cost. Dr. Md. Salamatoulah, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Thoubal, S. Saratkumar, CMO District Hospital Thoubal and N. Jayantakumar, District Family Welfare Officer, Thoubal were the Chief Guest, President and Guest of honour respectively at the function. On the other hand, observance of World Population Day-2014 kicked off with the population stabilization event from today to 24July2014 held at Synod Hall, I B Road, Lamka Churachandpur. During the inauguration of population forthnight with PK Jha IAS, DC Churachandpur as the Chief Guest, a slide show on CU-T 380A insertion was presented by Dr. Binakumari, MO PPC, and World Population Day-2014 keynote address was given by Dr.Thangchinkhup CMO, Churachandpur. During the observance, DLOs, Medical Officers, nurses under CMO and ASHAs of Lamka town area, DACO and staff attended the program. PK Jha informed the gathering that United Nations Secretary Ban ki Moon’s remarks on World Population Day-2014 may be quoted that today the world has the largest generation of youth in history with about 1.8 billion young people, mostly in a developing countries, with enormous potential to tackle the major challenges of humanity. But too many are denied their rightful opportunities to get education, find decent work, and participate in the political life of their societies. World population is an opportunity to renew our commitment to help young people unleash progress across the society, he added.