Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the state’s population policy 2021-2030 on World Population Day 2021.
According to the draft bill, people having more than two children in Uttar Pradesh will be debarred from contesting local bodies polls, applying for government jobs, or receiving any subsidy from the government. Suggestions from state residents have been invited till July 19.
The provisions of the draft legislation shall apply to a married couple where the man is no less than 21 years of age, and the girl is not less than 18.
The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission states that the provisions are a part of the draft titled ‘The Uttar Pradesh Population [Control, Stabilisation and Welfare] Bill, 2021’.
The UPSLC website says, “The State Law Commission, UP is working on control, stabilisation and welfare of the population of the state and has prepared a draft bill.”
“Public servants who adopt the two-child norm will get two additional increments during the entire service, maternity or as the case may be, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances and three per cent increase in the employer’s contribution fund under national pension scheme”, the draft bill listed incentives for public servants who adopt the two-child norm.
Under the draft bill, duties have been assumed by the government, which include an introduction of a compulsory subject relating to population control in all secondary schools; the establishment of maternity centers at all primary health centers. The centers and NGOs will distribute contraceptive pills, condoms, spread awareness about family planning methods through community health workers and ensure mandatory registration of pregnancies, deliveries, births, and deaths across the state.
“It is necessary to ensure healthy birth spacing through measures related to augmenting the availability, accessibility and affordability of quality reproductive health services to achieve the goal of population control, stabilisation and its welfare in the state”, the bill says.