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The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has prompt to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to take away the one-child coverage norm from its draft inhabitants management invoice.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has prompt to 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 as nicely. The saffron outfit has additionally requested the Yogi Adityanath authorities to take away “the anomaly” of rewarding or punishing the kid, as a substitute of the mother and father, from the Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilisation and Welfare) Bill, 2021.

“The preamble of the bill states that this is a bill, inter alia, to stabilise the population and promote the two-child norm. The Vishva Hindu Parishad agrees with both objects,” the organisation’s working president, Alok Kumar, mentioned in a letter to the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission (UPSCL) on Monday.

However, sections 5, 6(2) and seven of the invoice, which incentivise public servants and others to have just one youngster within the household, go “well beyond the said objects”, he mentioned.

“Therefore, we suggest the deletion of section 5, and the consequential sections 6(2) and 7 to avoid the contraction of the population as also the undesirable social and economic consequences of a one-child policy, and also the removal of the anomaly of rewarding or punishing the child instead of the parents,” Kumar added.

He additionally prompt to the UPSCL to rethink the target of the invoice that seeks to deliver down the overall fertility charge (TFR) in Uttar Pradesh to 1.7 inside a sure time-frame. Placing the draft invoice within the public area lately, the UPSCL has invited ideas from individuals.

In his ideas, the VHP working president mentioned a two-child coverage is taken into account fascinating for attaining inhabitants stability. The inhabitants in a society stabilises when the typical variety of kids born to a girl in her reproductive life is marginally above two, he mentioned.

“This happens when the TFR is 2.1. At this level of TFR, on an average, there are two children born to replace the two parents and the additional 0.1 child provides for the possibility of some children dying before reaching the reproductive age and similar other wastage,” Kumar added.

In a contracting inhabitants, he mentioned 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 mother and father and 4 grandparents, he mentioned.

China had adopted the one-child coverage in 1980, however needed to withdraw it inside three a long time to recover from such a scenario, the VHP chief mentioned.
He added that the imbalance between completely different communities has been “growing” in a number of states.

“It is becoming alarming in states like Assam and Kerala, where the overall growth of population has declined. In both these states, the TFR of Hindus has declined far below the replacement rate of 2.1, but that of Muslims is 3.16 in Assam and 2.33 in Kerala,” Kumar mentioned.

In these two states, one of many communities has thus entered the contraction part whereas the opposite is “still expanding”, he added. “Uttar Pradesh should avoid getting into that situation,” the VHP chief mentioned, including that the one-child coverage within the state “is likely to lead to 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”.

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