In the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs will present the Private Member Bill on population control and Uniform Civil Code. This information has been received from the secretariats of both the houses of Parliament. The proposed Bill on Population Control and Uniform Civil Code has been an age-old issue of political discourse in the country and has also been a part of the BJP’s ideological agenda.
In the Lok Sabha, Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kishan and Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan Kirori Lal Meena will present these private member bills on population control and Uniform Civil Code in the first week of the Parliament session beginning on July 19. A member of either House of Parliament who is not a member of the Council of Ministers can introduce a private bill.
Without the support of the government such bills are very unlikely to be passed. According to information received from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariat, Kishan and Meena may get a chance on July 24 to present their bills.
BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha has also given notice to introduce a similar bill on population control. In the proposed bill, there is a provision to deprive those with more than two children from government jobs and other government assistance. When asked about the bill, Rakesh Sinha told news agency PTI that the population is increasing exponentially and it is a warning bell. He emphasized that there is a great need for a central law for its control.
These bills are being brought at a time when the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission has prepared a draft bill on population control and put it on its website and sought suggestions from the people by July 19. According to this, parents of more than two children will be deprived of government jobs, local body elections and government benefits.