July 29, 2021, 7:53 am
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Uttar Pradesh Law Commission releases population control draught, requests public feedback – All you need to know

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The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission has produced the first draught of a bill aimed at family planning and has asked for public feedback by July 19. Incentives for those who participate in the programme are included in the bill.Due to limited resources in Uttar Pradesh, bringing the bill is necessary to control and stabilize the population to promote sustainable development with more equitable distribution.
The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization, and Welfare) Act, 2021, will apply to the entire state of Uttar Pradesh.

After one year from the date of publication in the Gazette, it will take effect.Families with two children would be given incentives.

Violations of the two-child rule will be prevented from participating in government programmes, and their ration cards will be limited to four units, according to the draught bill.
If they are public employees, they will also be forbidden from running for local office, seeking for government jobs, or receiving promotions.

Fmilies with two children will receive benefits such as two additional increments throughout their service, subsidised property or house purchase, utility bill rebates, and a 3% rise in EPF under the national pension programme.
Couples with only one kid will receive further benefits.
Couples that do not want to have more than one kid will receive extra benefits, including two more increments.

They would also receive free health care and insurance coverage for their single child until they turned 20. All educational institutions, including but not limited to the Indian Institute of Management and the All India Institute of Management, would give single children priority in admission.
All citizens would benefit from these incentives.

Couples who undergo “voluntary sterilisation” after having two or one child will be rewarded under the bill.

In circumstances when an individual’s religious or personal law permits polygamous or polyandrous marriage, there may be a set of married couples, each consisting of one man and one woman exclusively. The husband or wife, on the other hand, may be present in each set.

“(a) The personal law governing A authorises polygamy,” the draught measure continues. B, C, and D are A’s three spouses. In terms of the status of B, C, and D, A and B, A and C, and A and D will be counted as three distinct married couples, but in terms of the status of A, it will be counted as one married couple for the purposes of calculating the cumulative number of children. For example, if A has one child from B, two children from C, and one child from D, A will have a total of four children. (c) Polyandry is permitted under B’s personal law. A and C are B’s spouses. B and A will be treated as if they were a married pair. B and C will be treated as though they were another married couple.”

A State Population Fund would be established, and it would be used to carry out the provisions of the Act.