OKARA:10 January: Punjab Population Welfare Minister Col (retd) Sardar Hashim Dogar Wednesday said population could be controlled only through education. Addressing a symposium arranged by the District Population Welfare Department (DPWD), the minister said healthy family and children were the basis of a healthy nation. He said unchecked increase in population was a critical situation for the country. The minister said the Punjab government was initiating a monthly stipend from the Benazir Income Support Program for poor mothers who go out for labour and cannot feed their children. He said none out of 3,700 contract employees would be fired. He said the Punjab government was planning a law prohibiting marriage of children below 18 years of age. The minister urged religious scholars to play their role for the betterment of society. Former Punjab minister Ashraf Sohna of the PTI, Qari Saeed Usmani, Qazi Muhammad Aslam Okaravi, Assistant Director General DQWD Rai Sameeukllah and District Officer DPWD Naila Mehboob also spoke.