Is population control next on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda
Prime Minister Narendra Modi invariably sparks off a debate in the public, especially the social media, when he speaks. On Thursday too, he gave the nation several talking points–appointment of a CDS, addressing water woes and most significantly, population control.
Delivering his Independence Day speech, Modi stressed on the need for a discussion and awareness on population explosion, thus initiating a debate in the social media on the need for taking proper measures, perhaps a legislation, to control it.
“Population explosion will cause many problems for future generations. But there is a vigilant section of the public which stops to think before bringing a child into the world, whether they can do justice to the child, give them all she or he wants. They have a small family and express their patriotism to the country. Let’s learn from them. There is a need for social awareness,” Modi said.
Classifying the option of small families as a form of patriotism, he said, “Those who follow the policy of a small family also contribute to the development of the nation; it is also a form of patriotism.”
Population control is a logic few can disagree with, especially the Congress with its biggest propagators, Indira Gandhi and son Sanjay Gandhi
According to reports, India adds up to a million people to its population every 20 days and extensive family planning has to be a priority to curb the projected population of two billion by the end of the century.
A BJP MP had recently introduced in the Rajya Sabha the ‘Population Regulation Bill, 2019’, seeking punitive action against those with more than two living children.
The private members bill introduced by Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha proposed disqualification from being an elected representative, denial of financial benefits and reduction in benefits under the Public Distribution System for those having more than two children. The bill also suggested that government employees should give an undertaking that they will not have more than two children.