Nitish Kumar Counters BJPs Population Control Push

Nitish Kumar mentioned, “When ladies are educated, inhabitants development charge will scale back”. (FILE)


As BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Assam push legal guidelines to manage inhabitants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bihar ally Nitish Kumar has as soon as once more publicly voiced his robust disagreement.

“States can do no matter they need. However I clearly imagine that it isn’t attainable to make sure inhabitants management with a legislation. Have a look at China or every other instance,” Nitish Kumar advised reporters on Monday.

In line with the Chief Minister, it was a “Eureka second” for his authorities when information confirmed that the extra educated the ladies of the household, the lesser the fertility charge.

“When ladies are conscious and educated, that’s how the inhabitants development charge will scale back,” Mr Kumar mentioned.

“By 2040 the inhabitants will begin falling. We’re going by this. If some individuals imagine that this may be executed by a legislation then that is their pondering. Our pondering is evident on how we will do that. It is not nearly one group, however everyone will profit if ladies are educated…See how a lot the fertility charge is lowering in Bihar now,” added the Chief Minister.

A senior BJP chief mentioned by the identical logic, Nitish Kumar banned liquor although a legislation however it’s freely obtainable – even for dwelling supply. “So he ought to practise what he preaches,” the chief sneered.

This provides to the stack of BJP insurance policies that Nitish Kumar has been at odds with; previous examples embrace the scrapping of Article 370 and the CAA-NRC (Citizenship Modification Act).

Uttar Pradesh’s proposed legislation bars {couples} with greater than two youngsters from receiving authorities advantages or subsidies and even making use of for state authorities jobs.

The Invoice says it’s obligatory to manage inhabitants because the state’s “restricted ecological and financial assets” make it obligatory and pressing that the availability of the fundamental requirements of human life are accessible to all citizen”.

Assam final month introduced plans for the same measure that may withhold authorities advantages from households with greater than two youngsters. The draft legislation contains incentives for two-child {couples} if one among them opts for voluntary sterilisation, together with mushy loans for building or home purchases and rebates on utility payments and property taxes.

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