The New Population Control Bill: Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission (UPSLC) has proposed a bill that aims to implement 2 child-policy in the state. The UPSLC website claims, “The State Law Commission, UP is working on control, stabilization & welfare of the population of the state & has prepared a draft bill.”

UP Govt Introduces New Population Control Bill 2021,  population control measures

India boasts of 1,393,975,740 people residing currently in the country. This is a huge number & it is naturally creating various economic problems. Such a densely populated country needs the intervention of some solid & stable laws to keep it from facing grueling poverty, poor management, collapsing healthcare & many other endless issues.

India hasn’t implemented any strict regulation or bill nationwide to keep the population in check & now the conditions have worsened. In this hard time, Uttar Pradesh, a state in India that stands as the most populous subdivision in the world & currently has 200 million people has come up with a new bill that aims to control the population.

What is New Population Control Bill in UP?

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission (UPSLC) has proposed a bill that aims to implement 2 child-policy in the state. The UPSLC website claims, “The State Law Commission, UP is working on control, stabilization & welfare of the population of the state & has prepared a draft bill.”

Benefits for people who follow the 2 child-policy:

  1. Public servants following this policy will get 2 additional increments during their service.
  2. Maternity/Paternity paid leave for a year with full allowance.
  3. 3% increase in the employer’s contribution fund under National Pension Scheme.
UP Govt Introduces New Population Control Bill 2021,  population control measures
UP Govt Introduces New Population Control Bill 2021, population control measures

People failing to follow the 2 child-policy will:

  1. Not be allowed to contest local elections
  2. Be barred from applying for any government jobs & if they are already government employees, then they will not get any promotion.
  3. Be restricted to avail various subsidies. “Their ration cards will be restricted to four units”. – Chairman, UP law commission

Implementation of the New Bill in UP

The government has also listed few of its own responsibilities that will be undertaken to implement the bill successfully. The draft bill claims:

  1. Establishment of maternity centres at every PHC.
  2. Assigning the NGOs to distribute contraceptive pills, condoms & spread awareness about family planning methods.
  3. Keeping records of registration of pregnancy, delivery, birth, death within the state.
  4. Introduction of a compulsory subject related to population control in all secondary schools in the state.
UP Govt Introduces New Population Control Bill 2021,  population control measures
UP Govt Introduces New Population Control Bill 2021, population control measures

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Concluding Thoughts

This new population control bill will surely help the state develop & flourish well. People will have access to safe drinking water, electricity, education & a better livelihood. It will help curb poverty & stabilize the population & promote sustainability.

This bill like any other new development in the country has faced opposition & protest. This bill comes at a time when UP’s state election is less than a year away & the opposition thinks it is nothing but a ‘political agenda’. Also, being a diverse country, it can hurt religious sentiments of people & can be thought as a threat to democracy.

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