NDA ally Nitish Kumar opposes population control laws | India News

NDA ally Nitish Kumar opposes population control laws | India News


PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday that merely framing a law would not serve any purpose as far as the issue of population control is concerned. He stressed the need for proper education and awareness among women to achieve the objective.
Talking to the media on the sidelines of his ‘Janata ke Darbar Mein Mukhyamantri’ programme, Nitish said he was not concerned about what other states were doing on this front. “My opinion is very clear on this point and it may differ from that of other states,” he said, a reference to the draft bill prepared by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.
Nitish, whose JD(U) is an ally of the BJP, said what he was saying was based on data collected after various research and surveys in that direction. He said one survey found that the birth rate in Bihar was lower than the national average. He said Bihar’s birth rate was 1.6% compared to the national average of 1.7% in the case of women educated up to the intermediate level. Earlier, the birth rate was 2%, both in the country as well as in Bihar in the case of women who had studied up to the matriculation level.
The CM said there was a time when the state’s birth rate was above 4%. “It has been reduced to 3%. This is the result of the government’s initiative in Bihar. I am of the firm belief that the birth rate will start declining in the country by 2040,” he added.
The CM, however, added that he didn’t mean that population control laws would not be helpful. “What I mean to say is that education will prove to be a major tool in birth control. At the same time, it will impact all communities,” he said.
The CM said there have been instances when even educated people have had many children. “These are exceptions,” he said.
Referring to China, Nitish said the people of that country have adopted a policy of having two children only, and that too is being looked into to control the birth rate.
A day earlier, senior BJP politician and Union minister Giriraj Singh had stressed the need for population control. Giriraj had said Bihar, too, should make a law in this direction.





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