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UP launches population policy: Here's what it aims to achieve

New Delhi: On World Population Day, chief minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated a population policy that deals with stimulating couples who don't have more than two kids. Population control is linked with poverty, and therefore should be a matter of awareness among the masses. Yogi Adityanath stated, ‘every community has been taken care of in the population policy 2021 - 2030. 

Recently launched population policy highlights; two-child policy, and fertility rate. Under the two-child policy, the eligibility for the government job, if the family has two children is accentuated. The policy would be voluntary as it does not force any group, religion, or person to adhere to the policy. It is upon the person to make themself eligible for government jobs. If a candidate does not suit the modulated eligibility criteria, they may face few restrictions in their applications to apply for government jobs. 

The second highlight of the population policy 2021 - 2030 is the fertility rate. The fertility rate accentuates the number of children that would be born from a woman during her fertility period. To stabilize the country’s population, the fertility rate should fall under 2.1. The current national fertility rate of India is 2.2. But some states have commenced taking measures to make the fertility rate even. Health Minister, Jai Pratap Singh also stated, ‘Uttar Pradesh aims for stability by 2050, and the government is trying to reduce population growth rate to 2.1 percent.’

States like Assam are thinking of reviving the resolution of the 2017 ‘Population and Women Empowerment Policy of Assam’. That bars the application for government jobs and benefits of government schemes to those candidates who are having more than two children. Though a Northeastern state, Assam does have the policy to bar candidates who have more than two children, to contest for the local body elections. 


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