Shive Sena MP moves bill to ensure strict population control measures

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Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai has moved a private member bill in the upper house proposing the introduction of incentives to promote limiting the number of children to two per family.

Reportedly, the Shiv Sena MP has introduced a Constitutional Amendment Bill to introduce a new provision – Article 47A into Part IV of the Constitution of India to incentivise people who keep their family limited to two children and seeks to withdraw every concession from people who fail to adhere to the small family norm.

“47A. The State shall promote small family norms by offering incentives in taxes, employment, education etc. to its people who keep their family limited to two children and shall withdraw every concession from and deprive such incentives to those not adhering to small family norm, to keep the growing population under control,” the new article 47A proposed by Shiv Sena MP reads.

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Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020/ Image Source: Rajya Sabha

Citing the frightening population growth in India as the reason for proposing the amendment, Shiv Sena MP in his bill said, “The fact that the population of India has already crossed over 125 crores is really frightening. The country has doubled its population in just forty years and is expected to unseat China as the world’s most populated country in the next couple of decades, by the year 2050.”

“As per the UN report, India, Nigeria and Pakistan are the countries which have the highest rate of growth of population. India’s current yearly growth rate is 1.02 per cent. The country as a whole has a population density of 416 people per square kilometre, which ranks 31st in the World. Despite the fact that we have framed a National Population Control Policy, we are the second-most populous country in the world,” the bill reads.

The bill further argues, “Population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations. We have to be concerned about the population explosion. The Centre, as well as State Governments, should launch schemes to tackle it. Our natural resources are extremely overburdened. The rate of growth of any country is directly related to the size of its population.”

“Natural resources like air, water, land, woods etc. are subjected to overexploitation because of overpopulation. Today, there is a greater need to keep a strong check on the increase of our population.”

  The Shiv Sena MP called for encouraging people to keep the family small by offering tax concessions, priority in social benefit schemes, and school admissions. “Today, there is a greater need to keep a strong check on the increase of our population,” said Shiv Sena MP.

He also suggests that measures may be introduced to discourage people from having more children, by withdrawing tax concessions, imposing heavy taxes, and by making other punitive provisions for violations.

Speaking from the ramparts of Red Fort about population explosion in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence speech last year had stressed on the issue of ‘population explosion’ and had urged the country to work towards family planning, smaller families to ensure that dreams of children get fulfilled.

PM Modi had insisted on necessary of population stabilisation in the country. PM Modi had said keeping families small is “an act of patriotism”.

“I want you to do proper family planning and you will naturally see that a smaller family can be happier and more content. Your family will be away from diseases, will have more resources,” the Prime Minister had said.

On the lines of PM Modi’s idea, the premier government policy think-tank Niti Aayog had also held a national consultative meeting titled “Realising the vision of population stabilisation: leaving no one behind” to discuss a roadmap for population stabilisation and to analyse key gaps in India’s family planning programmes.

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