NEW DELHI: A plea filed for Two-Child Norm in the Supreme Court on Friday. The plea seeks a direction that political parties should comply with the ”two-child norm”. Which means parties should not field candidates having more than two children.
The plea, which is likely to have it’s hearing in the next week, seeking the declaration of the ”two-child norm” as a mandatory criteria. It will be a criteria for government jobs,aids and subsidies.It urges that the law, deals with the “condition for recognition of a state or national party” be suitably amended.
The plea,is brought forward by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay. She says that non-compliance of the norm should lead to withdrawal of citizens’ statutory rights including right to vote and contest in elections.
It also seeks the declaration of first Sunday of every month as ”health day” to spread awareness against population explosion. Which should surface through providing contraceptive pills, condoms, vaccines to economically-weaker sections and families below poverty line.
The petition seeks directions to the Centre for setting 21 years as the minimum marriageable age for all citizens. For implementing the 24th recommendation of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) which proposes to control population. Highlighting education and implementation of small family norms will be helpful in doing this.
It further says that the two-child norm for contesting local body elections is adopted in some states. They are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Haryana.These states achieved very positive results in reducing the population growth.
All the states should adopt Such two child norm to implement the population control policy to bring fruitful results. People representatives are not only public servants but also law makers. Hence they should set an example for others. Example to adopt two child norms. So that common people of the country can be encouraged to emulate two-child norm, the plea reads.
It says that India was the first country in the world to have a population policy, but it has not achieved much in terms of population control. The reason is negligence of governments.
“India had one billion people in 2011. 15 per cent of the world’s population on 2 per cent of the globe”s land area. But, now we are around 152 crore and the most populous country in the world. It is pertinent to note that China is three times bigger than India. While global population has increased threefold during the previous century, the population of India has increased nearly five times. Current annual increase in population of 17.5 million is large enough to neutralize efforts to conserve the natural resources and endowment and environment,” the petition reads.