New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a new population policy for Uttar Pradesh. Along with this, the State Law Commission of Uttar Pradesh has sought suggestions from the people regarding the draft of the Population Control Bill. In this episode, a suggestion has also been sent from Vishwa Hindu Parishad to the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission. In its suggestions, Vishwa Hindu Parishad has demanded the removal of the proposed one child policy of the State Law Commission. It has also been suggested that the two-child policy should be implemented in the state. For this, the VHP has argued that the one child policy in Uttar Pradesh can create a population imbalance between different communities, as everyone has a different approach to family planning and contraceptive measures.
In a suggestion sent to the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission, Vishwa Hindu Parishad has urged the removal of one child policy from the proposed population control law in Uttar Pradesh. In a suggestion sent to the State Law Commission, National Working President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Alok Kumar has said that the council agrees with the proposed law to promote population control and the policy of two children in the family, but with the proposal of incentive for one child. Negative growth in population will be encouraged.
call for reconsideration
On behalf of the VHP, it has been said that in the proposed law, a target has been set to bring the total fertility rate to 1.7 in a certain time frame, which should be reconsidered. The policy of incentives to government employees and others, especially having only one child, should be reconsidered. According to the VHP, the population in a society is stable when the average number of children born to a woman is a little more than the total fertility rate of 2. If the fertility rate is 2.1, then this target can be achieved.
In a suggestion sent to the Law Commission of Uttar Pradesh, VHP’s national working president Alok Kumar said that the two-child policy should be considered for effective population control. Adopting a policy of less than two children per woman on average will lead to population conflicts over time. Due to this there will be many social and economic side effects. The ratio between the number of youth and the number of people dependent on the family will be disturbed. Due to the one child policy, in the years to come, the situation will become such that the responsibility of looking after 2 parents and 4 members of the elderly generation in the family at a time will fall on the shoulders of only one working youth.
Policy may deviate from the objective
The suggestion states that the one-child policy can create a population imbalance between different communities in Uttar Pradesh, as everyone has a different approach to family planning and contraceptive measures. This imbalance is already increasing in many states of India. Citing the example of Assam and Kerala, it was said that the imbalance between the two communities in these states has risen to alarming levels, where the overall aging rate of the population has declined. In states like Kerala and Assam, the fertility rate in the Hindu community has come down to less than 2.1. The Muslim fertility rate has gone up to 3.16 in Assam and 2.33 in Kerala. Therefore, Uttar Pradesh should avoid reaching this situation. Therefore, necessary reforms should be made in the population policy. Otherwise the one child policy may deviate from the objective.
In the suggestion sent to the State Law Commission, VHP has also given the example of China. The suggestion said that China had adopted a one-child policy in 1980. Technically it is called the 1-2-4 policy, but to overcome its ill effects, China had to relax this policy for those parents who were the only children of their parents. The result was that within three decades, China completely ended this policy.
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