Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday unveiled the new population policy for Uttar Pradesh, with a focus to motivate people to help control the increasing population. The launching of the policy coincided with World Population Day, which is celebrated every year on July 11.  

"Increasing population can be a hurdle in the way of development. Every community has been taken care of in Population Policy 2021-2030," Adityanath said.

The population control policy is directly connected with awareness amongst the masses and poverty, he added. 

Uttar Pradesh is seeking stability by the year 2050, state health minister Jai Pratap Singh said, adding that the new policy's objective is to lessen the population growth rates to 2.1 per cent.

Earlier, Adityanath had stated that increasing population is the root cause behind important issues like inequality. He also encouraged people to spread awareness about the problems that are accompanied by a growing population. In a statement, the chief minister said: "Let us, on this 'World Population Day', take a pledge to make ourselves and the society aware of the problems arising from the increasing population."

The population control bill has also been prepared by the UP government's law commission, citing perks and incentives for those government employees and the general public who follow the population control regulations. The final draft for the 'UP Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021' has been released but the commission and suggestions are invited by July 19. 

As per the draft bill, those who will have more than two children in Uttar Pradesh will be banned from holding local bodies elections, applying for government jobs or receiving any kind of subsidy. It further states that it is crucial to regulate and stabilise the population of the state to promote sustainable development along with equitable distribution. The law provision shall also apply to a married couple who have a boy not less than 21 years old and a girl who is not less than 18 years of age. 


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