Do we have a population problem?
Of course, we do! Is there even any question about it?
Do we need Laws to curb population?
The Uttar Pradesh Government has put the population control bill draft open for public discussion and should not be confused with community-linked issues. We need to have a sensibility in having a debate of the problem the country is facing due to the explosion of overpopulation without converting it into a community issue just because Yogi Adityanath’s government has come up with it!
Is the state government within its rights to legislate a law on population control and family planning?
Our constitution has three lists under the seventh schedule. The first list is exclusively reserved for centres; the second list is for states and the third is a concurrent list. The Constitution (forty-second amendment) act, 1976 introduced during Indira Gandhi’s regime added Entry 20-A thereby giving autonomy to both centres and states to come up with the law on Population Control and Family Planning.
International Media affection for Yogi Adityanath Government
The present debate is more about reason than religion and therefore the government need not worry about the narrative building by the Washington Times and New York Times. Urban India is more than worried about image building which Yogi Adityanath has sedately ignored and rightly so.
Know what this policy proposes?
•No government job, subsidy for those with more than two children, says UP population control draft bill.
•People having more than two children in Uttar Pradesh will be debarred from contesting local bodies polls, applying for government jobs, or receiving any kind of subsidy.
•The draft bill, for which suggestions have been invited from the public till July 19, also prohibits promotions in government jobs for such people, while offering incentives to those limiting their children to two.
•The provision of this legislation shall apply to a married couple where the boy is not less than 21 years of age and the girl is not less than 18.
The present draft is likely to be a catalyst for the state’s development to bring down the state population growth by 2.1%. The chief minister had said that rising population is the root cause of major problems including inequality. He also encouraged people to spread awareness about the problems arising out of an increasing population. About the two-child policy, as recently as 2018, the Supreme Court of India said that the birth of a third child would disqualify a person from contesting panchayat polls and from being a member or sarpanch.
About the Author
Siddhant Mishra obtained B.A LL. B (Hons) from School of Law, KIIT Deemed to be University Bhubaneswar in 2016 and has been practicing and handling cases independently before the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, Lucknow Bench. Siddhant is an avid reader and writer and writes regularly on issues relating to law and policy.