The Uttar Pradesh Government is working on population control in the State. On the World Population Day, Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of U.P., announced the decision to impose Uttar Pradesh Population Policy (2021-2030.)
The decision to draft such a bill was taken in the wake one population control and development of the State, which has a 2.7 % fertility rate.
As per the drafted bill, the people would be not allowed to have more than 2 children. Anyone violating the rule, would not get benefits of the State Government, government jobs and other state launched schemes. While unveiling the draft bill, Yogi Adityanath said,“Across the world, concerns have been raised from time to time about increasing population being a hurdle in development. Discussions on it have been going on for the past four decades.”
As per the policy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in U.P., would made to increase accessibility of contraceptive measures under the family planning programme and provide a proper system for safe abortions. Provisions have been made to ensure health services for all and pay special attention to pregnant women, infants, sick newborns and children who are severely malnourished. The State CM said, “The countries and states which have made efforts in this direction have seen positive results. However, more efforts are needed.”
The State Government even updated the draft policy on population control on the official government site and asked for suggestions from the public until the 19th of July. If enacted, the bill’s provisions would come into force one year after its publication in the gazette.
Some of the main provisions of the bill are: increase the accessibility of contraceptive measures; provide a proper system for safe abortion; reduce the infant and maternal mortality rate; and better manage education, health, and nutrition of adolescents aged between 11 and 19 years.
The bill also provides for several incentives like out-of-turn promotions, two extra increments, paternity leave of 12 months with full salary and allowances, and 3 per cent increase in the employer’s contribution under the National Pension Scheme. Citizens who are not government employees will get benefits like rebates in taxes on water, housing, home loans, etc.
Other important provisions of the bill include setting up a state population fund and introducing population control as a compulsory subject in all secondary schools.
The drafted bill with all the aforementioned provisions were by the UP Law Commission.
As of now, the policy would be voluntary and not mandatory. In addition, with this the U.P., Government seems like it started the preparation got the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 2022. Parties like the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Indian National Congress (INC,) the Samaajwaadi Party and the All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen are in fray to contest the UP Assembly elections.
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