BJP’s ally JDU supremo and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the population control law. Nitish said that only through education and awareness, fertility rate can decrease and hence leading the control of population in natural way.
Nitish Kumar categorically said, “Other states can do what they want to do but we believe that population cannot be controlled by law alone. Unless women are educated, it is not possible to control the population.”
Quoting an example of China, Nitish Kumar said: “Look at China. A policy of one child was brought in for population control in China. But today everyone knows what is the situation there. It has now come from one to two child policy. So, by improving the level of education among women and awareness, the fertility rates can be controlled.”
Keep in mind that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has implemented the new population policy on Sunday itself. Implementing this, he had said that poverty and illiteracy are major factors for population expansion. There is also lack of awareness about population in some communities. In such a situation, there is a need for community centric awareness efforts. The new population policy will be in effect till 2030. The Yogi government wants that in the new policy, efforts should be focused on maintaining demographic balance in all communities.
On the other hand, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had also said last week for the population policy that population growth in some parts of the state is a threat to development. He had said that eight sub-groups would be formed to suggest measures related to the development of minorities, which would include people from the ethnic Muslim community of the state as members.