India’s most populous state is about to take some stringent measures to control population

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India’s most populous state is about to take some stringent measures to control population
  • The state’s law commission chairman on Sunday said that there is a need to check on the increasing population, which is creating problems in the state.
  • Assam’s chief minister on Friday announced the state's proposed population control policy.
  • The chairman also clarified that the law is not against any particular religion.
The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission Chairman Aditya Nath Mittal on Sunday said that there is a need to check on the increasing population, which according to him is creating problems for the state.

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) State Law Commission has, reportedly, begun the groundwork for the law which will limit the number of incentives or benefits of state government schemes only to those with two children or less.

The statement from the UP’s Law Commission came after Assam’s chief minister on Friday announced the state's proposed population control policy. However, in UP’s case, no official confirmation has been issued on the law being formulated.

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The chairman also clarified that the law is not against any particular religion. UP is the most populous state in India, which as per the 2011 census had a population close to 200 million.

“Population is nearing an explosive stage, causing other issues too related to hospitals, food grains, houses, or employment. We believe that there should be a check on the population. Population control is different from family planning.” Mittal told news agency ANI.

He further said, “We don’t want to give a message in Uttar Pradesh that we are against any particular religion or anyone’s human rights. We just want to see that the government resources and facilities are available to those who are helping in and contributing to population control.”

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On Friday, Assam’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced the implementation of two-child policy to avail state government’s benefits in Assam, exempting tea garden workers, members of scheduled castes and scheduled tribe from the law. The Assam government has also approved a proposal that people having more than two children will be ineligible for government jobs from 1 January 2021.


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