‘Population control bill likely to imbalance communities,’ VHP on UP government’s proposed one-child policy | India News

New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has advised the Uttar Pradesh authorities to take away the one-child coverage norm from its draft inhabitants management invoice, saying it’s more likely to result in furthering of the imbalance between completely different communities and contraction of the inhabitants.

The VHP has additionally asked the Yogi Adityanath government to remove “the anomaly” of rewarding or punishing the child, as an alternative of the dad and mom, from the Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilisation, and Welfare) Bill, 2021.

“The preamble of the invoice states that this can be a invoice, inter alia, to stabilize the inhabitants and promote the two-child norm. The Vishva Hindu Parishad agrees with each objects,” the group’s working president, Alok Kumar, stated in a letter to the Uttar Pradesh State Legislation Fee (UPSCL) on Monday.

Nonetheless, sections 5, 6(2) and seven of the invoice, which incentivizes public servants and others to have just one little one within the household, go “nicely past the stated objects”, he stated.

“Subsequently, we advise the deletion of part 5, and the consequential sections 6(2) and seven to keep away from the contraction of the inhabitants as additionally the undesirable social and financial penalties of a one-child coverage, and likewise the removing of the anomaly of rewarding or punishing the kid as an alternative of the dad and mom,” Kumar added.

He additionally suggested to the UPSCL to reconsider the objective of the bill that seeks to bring down the total fertility rate (TFR) in Uttar Pradesh to 1.7 inside a sure timeframe.

Putting the draft invoice within the public area not too long ago, the UPSCL has invited recommendations from individuals.

In his recommendations, the VHP working president stated a two-child coverage is taken into account fascinating for attaining inhabitants stability.

The inhabitants in a society stabilizes when the typical variety of youngsters born to a lady in her reproductive life is marginally above two, he stated.

“This occurs when the TFR is 2.1. At this degree of TFR, on common, there are two youngsters born to exchange the 2 dad and mom and the extra 0.1 little one supplies for the potential of some youngsters dying earlier than reaching the reproductive age and comparable different wastage,” Kumar added.

In a contracting inhabitants, he stated the ratio between the working-age inhabitants and the dependent inhabitants will get disrupted.

In an excessive case, the one-child coverage would result in a scenario the place there is just one working-age grownup to take care of two dad and mom and 4 grandparents, he stated.

China had adopted the one-child policy in 1980, however needed to withdraw it inside three many years to recover from such a scenario, the VHP chief stated.

He added that the imbalance between completely different communities has been “rising” in a number of states.

“It’s turning into alarming in states like Assam and Kerala, the place the general development of inhabitants has declined. In each these states, the TFR of Hindus has declined far beneath the alternative fee of two.1, however that of Muslims is 3.16 in Assam and a couple of.33 in Kerala,” Kumar stated.

In these two states, one of many communities has thus entered the contraction section whereas the opposite is “nonetheless increasing”, he added.

“Uttar Pradesh ought to keep away from moving into that scenario,” the VHP chief stated, including that the one-child coverage within the state “is more likely to result in furthering of the imbalance between completely different communities as a result of they’re identified to reply in another way to the incentives and disincentives associated to household planning and contraception”.

(With company inputs)

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