Yogi Adityanath, the prime minister of Uttar Pradesh, unveiled the state’s new population policy on Sunday, which aims to incentivize people to help with population control. The unveiling coincided with World Population Day, which is celebrated on July 11 every year.
“Increasing the population can be a hurdle to development. Every community is covered in the 2021-2030 population policy,” Adityanath said.
He also said population control is directly linked to mass awareness and poverty.
Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh said Uttar Pradesh aims for stability by 2050. He also said the new policy aims to reduce population growth to 2.1 percent.
Earlier, the prime minister had said the rising population is the cause of major problems, including inequality. He also encouraged people to spread awareness about the problems arising from an increasing population.
“On this ‘World Population Day’, let’s make a pledge to make ourselves and society aware of the problems arising from the increasing population,” Adityanath said in a statement.
The UP government’s law committee has also drafted a population control bill, promising benefits and incentives to government employees and the general public who follow population control measures. The committee has released the final draft of the UP Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021 and has made suggestions by July 19.
People with more than two children in Uttar Pradesh will be barred from contesting polls with local authorities, applying for government jobs or receiving any form of subsidy, under the draft bill.
The draft says it is necessary to control and stabilize the population of the state for the promotion of sustainable development with a more equitable distribution.
The provision of this legislation applies to a married couple where the boy is not younger than 21 and the girl is not younger than 18.