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World Population Day: UP announces new population policy for 2021-2030, all you need to know

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Lucknow, July 11: The Uttar Pradesh government announced a new population policy for 2021-2030 on Sunday to incentivise people to help in population control.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be releasing the New Population Policy 2021-30 on the occasion of World Population Day --- July 11, an official statement said.

World Population Day 2021: UP to announce new population policy, all you need to know

Taking to Twitter, Adityanath wrote,''Increasing population is the root of major problems including inequality prevailing in the society. Population control is the primary condition for the establishment of a progressive society.''

People having more than two children in Uttar Pradesh will be debarred from contesting local bodies polls, applying for government jobs or receiving any kind of subsidy, says a draft of a population control bill put up on the state law commission website.

The draft bill, for which suggestions have been invited from the public till July 19, also prohibits promotions in government jobs for such people, while offering incentives to those limiting their children to two.

The draft says it is necessary to control and stabilise the population of the state for the promotion of sustainable development with more equitable distribution.

Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill: No govt jobs for those with more than 2 kids Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill: No govt jobs for those with more than 2 kids

The draft bill drew flak from the opposition parties on Saturday, with the Congress alleging it was intended to serve the BJP''s "political agenda" ahead of next year''s assembly elections in UP.

Suggestions have been invited from the public to improve the draft bill and July 19 is the last date for it.

If enacted, the provisions of the proposed legislation titled The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021 will come into force after one year from the date of publication in the Gazette, according to the UP State Law Commission (UPSLC) website.

The provision of this legislation shall apply to a married couple where the boy is not less than 21 years of age and the girl is not less than 18.

Listing incentives, the draft bill says, "Public servants who adopt the two-child norm will get two additional increments during the entire service, maternity or as the case may be, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances and three percent increase in the employer''s contribution fund under the National Pension Scheme."

Listing the government duties, the draft bill says that maternity centres will be set up at all primary health centres.

The centres and NGOs will distribute contraceptive pills, condoms, spread awareness about family planning methods through community health workers and ensure mandatory registration of pregnancies, deliveries, births and deaths across the state, it says.

The draft bill also says that it shall be the duty of the government to introduce a compulsory subject relating to population control in all secondary schools.

"In Uttar Pradesh, there are limited ecological and economic resources at hand. It is necessary and urgent that the provision of basic necessities of human life including affordable food, safe drinking water, decent housing, access to quality education, economic/livelihood opportunities, power/electricity for domestic consumption, and a secure living is accessible to all citizens," the draft bill reads.

It is necessary to ensure healthy birth spacing through measures related to augmenting the availability, accessibility and affordability of quality reproductive health services to achieve the goal of population control, stabilisation and its welfare in the state, it says.

On the proposed population policy, the state government said efforts will be made to increase the accessibility of contraceptive measures issued under the Family Planning Programme and provide a proper system for safe abortion,

Through improved health facilities, efforts will be made for population stabilisation by providing accessible solutions to impotence/infertility and reducing the newborns'' and maternal mortality rate, it said in a statement said.

One of the key points in the new policy is to make comprehensive arrangements for the care of the elderly, apart from better management of education, health, and nutrition of adolescents between 11 to 19 years.

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