Does it smell like Assembly elections in here?
Perhaps because fragrant pots are being stirred in the kitchens of Uttar Pradesh, as the Yogi Adityanath-led state cooks up a new dish: Population (control, sterilisation and welfare) Bill 2021.
Want to know more about this recipe for, er, UP's population control bill?
The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission released the first draft of the proposed Population (control, sterilisation and welfare) Bill 2021 on Friday, 9 July. The proposed bill, aimed at controlling the state’s population, comes about six months before the Assembly elections.
In a bid to control the state’s population, the bill provides incentives for those who have two children or less. For those who have more than two children, there will be disincentives.
However, the proposed population control policies of Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states, Assam and Uttar Pradesh, have drawn flak as being seen as yet another means of polarising the society on communal lines.