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Supreme Court Opinion at Center on Advocacy to Control Population Explosion


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued an opinion to the Center on a public interest plea asking the Center to develop effective guidelines to control the population explosion and limit families to two children if they wanted to receive benefits, including government jobs and shelter.

Seeking a response from the Center, a bench consisting of Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Vikram Nath marked the plea with outstanding questions relating to the same issue.

The supreme court’s order came on a public interest plea from Firoz Bakht Ahmed, great-nephew of freedom fighter and the country’s first education minister, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Earlier, the higher court had requested a response from the Center on the pleas of Devkinandan Thakur, lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay and others on a similar matter.

In his plea, Ahmed said that the population explosion was the cause of more than 50% of the problems in India. The PIL requested instructions from the Center to check the feasibility of making the “two-child law” criteria for government jobs, aid and subsidies, the right to vote, the right to challenge, the right to property, the right to free housing, etc.

“The government should declare the first Sunday of every month Health Day in place of Polio Day to raise awareness of the population explosion and provide birth control pills, condoms, vaccines, etc. to families of SAPs and GLP, with polio vaccines,” Ahmed’s plea said.

As an alternative, the petitioner requested the Law Commission of India to prepare a comprehensive report on the population explosion within three months and suggest ways to control it.

The Center previously told the Supreme Court that India is unequivocally against forcing family planning on its people and that any coercion to have a certain number of children is counterproductive and leads to demographic distortions. .

In its affidavit filed in the High Court, the Union Department of Health and Family told that court that the Family Welfare Program was voluntary, allowing couples to decide on the size of their families and to adopt the family planning methods that suited them best. , without any constraints.