New Delhi: Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad has filed a petition in the Supreme Court regarding population control. Urdu language scholar Firoz Bakht is the great-grandson of the elder brother of the country’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. It has been demanded in the petition that the court should ask the central government to make effective rules for population control. Consider adopting a two-child policy. Under this, government jobs, assistance and subsidies should not be given to those with more than two children. Consider depriving them of the right to vote.
It has been said in the petition that the main reason for many problems of the country is population. Most of the tax payers follow the 2-child policy on their own. But those who have to take subsidy, they do not do so. The population of India is much more than what is told in government records. According to an estimate, it has become more than 150 crores. As a result of this, India appears backward in the world on all parameters of development. India is at number 102 in the Global Hunger Index based on the number of hungry people. India is ranked 133rd in the Global Happiness Index.
Firoz Bakht’s petition also states that in the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution made in 1976, the government was given the right to make laws on population control. Both the central or the state government can make laws on this. But nobody does this. In 2002, the Constitution Review Commission headed by former CJI MM Venkatachaliah had also recommended the addition of Article 47A in the Directive Principles of Policy of the Constitution. In this, the attempt to control the population was to be described as the responsibility of the government. But this suggestion did not find a place in the Constitution.
The petition of lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay is already pending in the Supreme Court on this issue. It has been said that due to the high population, people are also being deprived of basic facilities like food, housing, education, health. This is a direct violation of the fundamental right to live life with dignity. By gaining control over the population, it will be easier to implement all the government schemes made for the welfare of the people. Despite this, the governments do not make any law of population control.
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