Rajasthan Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma
Rajasthan Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma

Jaipur

Speaking in the favour of Population Control Bill, Rajasthan Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma on Wednesday said it is time when the country needs to think about population control while adding the slogan "Hum do, humare ek". Speaking to ANI, Dr Sharma said, "The growing population is a matter of great concern for the country. Now it is the high time the country has to think about how can we control the population growth so that the future generations can get a better education, health and other facilities for a better lifestyle. I have told in many platforms that once there was a time when it had been said that 'Hum do, humare do (We two, we have two children). But it is the time when it should be 'hum do, hamare ek' (we should have one child)."

The Congress-ruled Rajasthan government's health minister's remarks come at a time when Uttar Pradesh and Assam have proposed to implement a population control bill in their respective states. Dr Raghu Sharma on Wednesday further shed light on the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in Rajasthan and said the Centre must provide an adequate supply of doses.

NO KIDDING: WHO SAID WHAT

ON JULY 11

--On World Population Day, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath launched a population policy which aims to incentivise couples who do not have more than two babies.

-- The state is aiming for stability by 2050 and the government is trying to reduce the population growth rate to 2.1 per cent.

ON JULY 12

--- VHP said UP's one-child policy norm in the draft proposal is likely to lead to furthering of the imbalance between different communities and contraction of the population as well

-- The VHP had written to the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission, seeking removal of one-child norm from the draft of its Population Control Bill. In a two-page letter, the VHP said that it agreed with the objects of the Bill but certain sections need to be reconsidered as they go "beyond the said objects".

JULY 13

-- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that he 'disapproves' of of a law to control population, his Cabinet colleague on Tuesday conveyed a different stance over the issue.

JULY 14

-- Bihar Panchayati Raj Minister Samrat Chaudhary said that the state government is going to introduce an Act under which a person having more than two children would not be entitled to contest Panchayat elections.

Deoband opposes Population Draft Bill

He said that anyone, according to the draft, who has more than two children will not be able to contest local body polls, will not get promotion in government jobs and will not receive any government subsidy Renowned Islamic seminary, the Darul Uloom Deoband, has issued a statement, criticizing the state government’s draft population control bill, on the grounds that it will hurt the interest of every section of society. Vice Chancellor of the seminary, Abul Qasim Nomani, said, “This policy is against every section of society. What kind of policy denies basic facilities to families that have more than two children? It is against human rights.”

He said that anyone, according to the draft, who has more than two children will not be able to contest local body polls, will not get promotion in government jobs and will not receive any government subsidy.

Asked if the seminary will appeal to the government to reconsider the decision, spokesperson Ashraf Usmani said, “Who are we to make an appeal? But we can say that this is not right. For example, a man has three children. Now what is the fault of those children, why are they being deprived of basic facilities? This is not justice.”

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