The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission released the first draft of the Population Control Bill on 9 July 2021. The UP Population Control Bill comes when CM Yogi Adityanath has said that the government will bring a new population policy for 2021-2030. The new UP population control policy is expected to be announced on July 11, World Population Day. The suggestions have been invited by the UP government led by CM Yogi Adityanath in the initial phase.
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UP Population Control Bill 2021 by State Law Commission (Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill)
The UP State Law Commission has released the first draft of the new UP Population Control Bill. UP Govt. Seeking comments from the public within ten days, i.e., by 19th July 2021. The bill lists incentives for those limiting their families to two or fewer children. A ban has also been imposed for non-compliance with the two-child norm.
The Population Control, Stabilization, and Welfare Bill 2021 has introduced the 1 to 2 child criterion, failing which those families may be deprived of availing the following services:-
- Expulsion from benefits of state-sponsored welfare schemes
- all kinds of government subsidies to be denied
- Ration cards and local bodies cannot contest elections
- refusing to apply for government jobs
- The rules will not apply to those who are already in government jobs or part of local councils.
Rewards to couples who undergo voluntary sterilization (UP Population Control Bill)
In the new UP population control policy, Govt. Those couples who undergo “voluntary sterilization” after having two or one child will be rewarded. The following benefits will be given to all those who have undergone sterilization after two or one children:-
- Discount on incentive utilities on voluntary sterilization after one child
- Nominal interest on a loan for housing
- Free education till 3rd graduation
- Public servants will be entitled to additional increments during their service and a 3% increase in the employer’s contribution fund under the National Pension Scheme.
- BPL couples will be entitled to Rs 80,000 (in case of a single boy) and Rs 1 lakh (in case of a single girl child) from the government when the couple is restricted to one child.
in case of adoption (Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill)
Appropriate exceptions are noted for violation of the law in the case of adoption, such as having twins or disability or death of the child, which would give the couple the right to have a third child.
Population control provision for polygamy (UP Population Control Bill)
In case of polygamy or polygamous marriage as specified by the personal laws of different religions, the two-child norm shall be considered to be violated if one person is polygamous, if all the wives together have more than two children, then the personal life of the husband shall be given to the wife and children. shall not deprive them of benefits if they are eligible for it
Opposition to the Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill
The commission that drafted the Unlawful Religious Conversion Act passed by Uttar Pradesh last year has raised population law. Some political parties believe that the assembly elections are due in less than nine months, which will give the ruling BJP party public sympathy from an electoral point of view, as the issue is being polarized, especially by political parties on religious lines. which may have some examples
- Assam, All India United Democratic Front (AIDUDF) President Badruddin Ajmal had opposed the two-child policy.
- SP MLA from Meerut Rafiq Ansari “सरकार अगर मानती है तो कानून का सबसे ज्यादा असर अल्पसंख्यकों और दलितों पर पड़ेगा.”
- Ansari said, “मुझे विश्वास है कि भाजपा इसे लागू करने के लिए सत्ता में नहीं रहेगी, कानून अल्पसंख्यकों और दलितों के खिलाफ एक स्पष्ट साजिश होगी।“