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UP Population Control Bill: VHP Objects To Yogi Govt’s One-Child Policy

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VHP on one child policy: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to drop the single child norm from their proposed population control bill draft, urging certain reconsiderations.

An affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), that is also closely linked to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), VHP leaders put forward strong objections to the bill released last week by the UP state law commission.

Aside from pointing out such a norm’s adverse impact on children – citing the ‘Little Emperor’ syndrome – the VHP has called notice to the “furthering of the imbalance between different communities because they are known to respond differently to the incentives and disincentives related to family planning and contraception.”

VHP’s suggestions, shared on their official Twitter handle, note the growth of this said “imbalance” in other states of India, pointing out the ratio of Hindu and Muslim populations in Assam and Kerala.

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“We also notice that the population policy of Uttar Pradesh has an object to bring the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) to 1.7 within a certain time limit. We suggest that Sections 5, 6(2) and 7 of the Bill as also the object of bringing the TFR to 1.7 needs reconsideration,” the VHP statement says further.

The organisation has in its suggestions noted that a two-child policy is desirable in a society achieving population stability and that “an average of less than two children per woman leads to a contraction of population over time.” The ideal TFR, they say, should be 2.1.

The proposal, officially named UP Population (Control, Stabilization, and Welfare) Bill, 2021, offers incentives for two-child families; more, in case of one child. The government is inviting suggestions from citizens till July 19. The bill is being understood as a major political move as the state heads for elections next year.