After Assam, Preparations for 'Two-Child Policy' in Uttar Pradesh

By: Mahak Arora
23 Jun 2021 11:33:01 AM CSMC, Chitkara University, Punjab

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, has started work on a draft bill to encourage couples to have up to two children in exchange for state subsidies, PTI reported on Tuesday. The move comes two days after Assam Chief Minister Himanta Sarma announced a similar move. 


Expressing concern over the growing population of the state, chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission, Aditya Nath Mittal, said that there should be a check on the increasing population. “State government schemes benefit will be provided to those who have two children or less,” Mittal told ANI


The benefit under these ‘two child’ schemes will include discounts on ration, loan waivers and other subsidies. The state might also impose the policy to reserve government jobs and panchayat seats like Assam have done. Aadhaar cards and potential unique family IDs would be used to keep track of beneficiaries.


Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government will gradually implement a two-child policy for availing benefits under specific schemes funded by the state. In Assam, a two-child policy has been in operation since 2017 in rural areas under the ‘Population and Women Empowerment Policy of Assam’.    


As per an amendment in 2018 to the Assam Panchayat Act, 1994, along with requirements of minimum educational qualifications and functional sanitary toilets, a two-child or smaller family is mandatory for contesting in panchayat polls. 


Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Uttar Pradesh next year in 2022. The ruling BJP maintains that a National Population Policy is in force in the country regarding this matter and it should definitely be followed. Party spokesperson Manish Shukla said that the State Law Commission has expressed concern over the increasing population.


Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Govind Chaudhary has now taunted PM Modi and Yogi Adityanath over the two-child policy. Commenting on the proposal made by the BJP, the Samajwadi Party leader said that it is another way of nurturing more votes in their favour.

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