No ration, no government jobs, 12 months of maternal and paternal leave with pay, are some of the “salient features” that the government of the most populated state in India proposed in the first draft of population control bill on 12th July, 2021.
The yogi government seeks to introduce the highly politicised “two child policy” in the U.P. Legislative assembly before the upcoming state elections scheduled for next year.
The drafting commission headed by Justice Aditya Nath Mittal has asked for the feedback and comments from the citizens until 19th July, 2021.
What are the “salient features” of the Uttar Pradesh (Control, Stabilisation and Welfare) Bill, 2021?
- Ration cards will be issued to only four people in the family. This includes the two parents and their two children.
- No government jobs, no benefits of government sponsored welfare schemes and also no promotion.
- Non obliging citizens cannot contest in local government elections.
Benefits of Voluntary sterilisation under the proposed draft bill includes
- A person will receive two increments during the entire service and a 3% increase in the employer’s contribution fund under national pension.
- Discount in water, electricity and house tax. Subsidy while purchasing a new house, plot. Nominal rates of interest if taking a loan.
- One child of civil servicemen will receive free education till age 20, admission in all educational institutions including IIMs and AIIMS, free healthcare facilities, scholarships and government jobs.
- A couple living below the poverty line who have only one child and undergoes voluntary sterilisation, shall be eligible for payment of a one-time ₹80,000 if the single child is a boy and ₹1 lakh if it is a girl.
Justice Aditya Nath Mittal said the bill will promote sustainable development due to limited economical and natural resources in Uttar Pradesh.
The proposed bill also lacks research because instead of focusing on modern contraceptive measures, education for all, the “one child” or “two child” policy may lead to more gender gap.
However this is the first draft of the bill and it needs significant changes on the structural level.