A day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that he 'disapproves' of of a law to control population, his Cabinet colleague on Tuesday conveyed a different stance over the issue. Bihar Panchayati Raj Minister Samrat Chaudhary said that the state government is going to introduce an Act under which a person having more than two children would not be entitled to contest Panchayat elections.
Chaudhary's statement came a day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the new population control policy would not help to check the population of the country. Population could be controlled only through education and awareness of women.
"The Nitish Kumar government is going to introduce a new population control policy where a person having more than two children, is not entitled to contest Panchayat elections. We will also introduce a law to deny such people other state government facilities," Chaudhary said.
"We currently have an Act in the city Panchayats where candidates having more than two children are disqualified from contesting the polls. Work is currently underway to introduce the same in village Panchayats as well," he said.
"The implementation of this law will take around one year from now. In between we expect the Panchayat elections to be conducted in Bihar. The new Act will be effective from 2026 Panchayat elections.
"The strong law pertaining to population control may help to check population growth in the country," he said.
"Bihar is the first state where such a law was introduced in the past. It has helped to control the birth rate in urban areas. As education is lacking in rural areas, such a law should be implemented there to check population," Chaudhary said.
Besides Chaudhary, Union Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh also advocated that a new population control policy should be implemented in the country.
"This is neither related to any religion nor is it a matter of political discussion but it is an issue of development," Singh said.
"Our country's population contribution to the world is 20 percent while we have only 2.5 percent of land," Singh said.
"I congratulate Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath for implementing the population control Act in his state. He raised himself above caste, community and vote banks and introduced this law," Singh said.
Anyone violating two-child policy in Uttar Pradesh will be barred from contesting local bodies polls, from applying for or getting promotion in government jobs, and receiving any kind of government subsidy, the Yogi government had said on Saturday.