Overpopulation a concern, time for ‘Hum Do, Hamare Ek’: Rajasthan Health Minister

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma has backed a population control bill in the country, saying it is high time the country thinks about one-child policy.

Amid the ongoing debate over population control policies, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Wednesday said the growing population was a matter of concern and it is time the country thought about one-child policy.

The statement by a minister in Congress-ruled Rajasthan comes as two BJP-ruled states, Uttar Pradesh and Assam, have proposed to introduce population control laws.

Asked about his views on the UP government’s population control bill draft, Raghu Sharma said the country needs to think about the slogan, “Hum Do, Hamare Ek” (one child per family) now.

“In today’s (Covid) pandemic era, whether it is about vaccination or development, growing population has an adverse impact on everything. It is time to think about how to control population so that future generations get better education, health and other facilities for a better lifestyle,” PTI quoted him as saying.

Another Congress MLA in Rajasthan, Bharat Singh, had written a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot demanding a strict law for population control in the state.

However, state Congress president Govind Singh Dotasra said Rajasthan already has population control laws in panchayat, urban local bodies, selection and promotion of government employees.

Taking a jibe at UP’s draft population control bill, Dotasara said the Yogi Adityanath-led government brought the draft bill as it failed to provide “good governance and maintain law and order”.

According to the UP draft bill, people having more than two children in the state will be debarred from contesting local body polls, applying for government jobs or receiving any kind of subsidy.

Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also announced to bring a policy on population control.

Source: India Today


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