30 children born per minute, need Population Control Bill: Union Minister

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NEW DELHI: Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Sunday stressed the need to implement the Population Control Bill, irrespective of religion or the section of society they belong to. He termed the implementation of this Bill as ‘crucial’, citing the availability of limited resources.

“The Population Control Bill is crucial as we have limited resources. China implemented ‘one child policy’ to control the population and achieved development”, Giriraj Singh said. He further remarked on the country’s competence with China with a pattern where China has 10 children born per minute and India 30 per minute.

“China has 10 children born per minute while India has 30 children born a minute. How will we compete with China?” Singh said. He added, “Population Control Bill is necessary. Reports say that the China, whose GDP was lesser than India in 1978, adopted the ‘one child policy’ and achieved development by controlling almost 60 crore population”.

He further added that the Bill should be implemented for everyone, regardless of their belief and religion. “Those who do not follow this law should not be given any government benefits. Their voting rights should also be taken away”, he added.

A report from the United Nations (UN) said that India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country next year. But the World Population Prospects 2022 also highlighted that India’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR) had come down from 5.9 children per woman in 1950 to 2.2 children per woman in 2020, just shy of the 2.1 replacement level fertility.

Minister of State for Health, Bharati Pravin Pawar, informed the Upper House on July 19 that the government seeks to stabilise the population by 2045 and its efforts have been successful in reining in the growth of the population.

Bharati Pawar further informed the House that modern contraceptive usage has increased to 56.5 per cent and the unmet need for family planning is only 9.4 per cent, according to National Family Health Survey (NFHS 5). She said that according to the Sample Registration System of the Census, the Crude Birth Rate (CBR) had declined to 19.7 per 1,000 people in 2019. (ANI)

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