On the occasion of International Population Day, BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring an ordinance to control India’s population. According to him, population growth was key to attaining “atmanirbhar” or self-reliant.
To execute this plan effectively, Upadhyay proposed imposition of lifetime ban on violators in government jobs, participating in elections, forming political parties and even becoming party officials.
In his letter to Prime Minister Modi, he stated: “Parliament is difficult to run due to the coronavirus epidemic; so, you are requested to immediately bring an effective population control ordinance to stop the population explosion. The law should be strong and effective. Ration card, voter ID card, Aadhaar card, bank account, electricity and mobile connections of individuals who violate it should be cancelled/revoked.”
According to him, stricter measures should be adopted to control population. “Such people should be denied all government facilities, including access government schools and hospital facilities and should be sent to jail for 10 years.” He said India’s actual population was much higher – around 150 crore — considering the Rohingya refugees and illegal Bangladeshis living in India. “Most taxpayers follow the ‘we two-our two’ rule; but it’s the freeloaders who are causing the population explosion,” stated Upadhyay.
Blaming India’s population for more than 50 per cent of its problems, he also connected the failure on the population control front to the rising crime rate.
The BJP leader argued it would be virtually impossible for India to generate jobs if it refused to sternly control its population growth. “At present, 70,000 births are recorded daily in India. That is two-and-a-half crore children in 2020. It’s impossible for any country to create 2.5 crore new jobs every year,” stated Upadhyay.