After talking about curbing population growth for many years, the BJP government in UP is all set to introduce a law to control the growth of population in the state. The bill has been titled The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021.
The draft bill proposes a two child policy. Anyone found violating the 2 child policy will face significant consequences. These consequences will range for becoming ineligible for government benefits to being ineligible for applying to and being promoted at government jobs. Violators will also be ineligible for contesting local government polls. The public has been invited to send in their suggestions relation to the population control bill, and suggestions may be sent before July 19. All secondary schools in UP will also now teach a compulsory subject related to population control. The bill also mentions improving public health by focusing on setting up maternity centres, providing easy access to contraceptives and improving general awareness about reproduction, contraceptives and population control.
Benefits of adhering to the 2 child policy include “Public servants who adopt the two-child norm will get two additional increments during the entire service, maternity or as the case may be, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances and three per cent increase in the employer’s contribution fund under national pension scheme.”
This is a great initiative by UP government and we hope to see other state follow their lead!