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UP Law Commission publishes draft population control law; recommends the two-child standard; reward for families with one child; penalties for breaking the rule

The The Uttar Pradesh Law Commission has released a 2021 Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill which aims to provide various incentives to officials who choose to follow the standard of both children. Those who choose to break this rule will not be eligible for jobs and government grants.

The Commission solicited public contributions to the bill by July 17.

Incentives for civil servants

State government-controlled officials who adopt the two-child standard by undergoing a voluntary sterilization operation on themselves or their spouse will receive the following incentives:

  • two additional increments for the duration of the service;
  • Grant for the purchase of land or a house or a built house from the Housing Council or the Development Authority, as may be prescribed;
  • reduced rate loan for the construction or purchase of a house at nominal interest rates, as may be prescribed;
  • discount on charges for public services such as water, electricity, water, housing tax, as may be prescribed;
  • Maternity leave or, where applicable, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances;
  • three percent increase in employers’ contribution National pension fund
  • free health care facility and spousal insurance coverage; and
  • other prescribed benefits and incentives.

The bill also seeks to provide additional incentives to officials who have only one child and undergo a voluntary sterilization operation on themselves or their spouse. These incentives will include-

  • two additional increments during all services;
  • free health care and insurance coverage for the unmarried child until he reaches the age of twenty;
  • single child preference for admission to all educational institutions including but not limited to Indian Institute of Management, All India Institute of Medical Science, etc. ;
  • free education up to graduation level;
  • graduate scholarship in the case of a girl;
  • preference for an unmarried child in government jobs; and
  • other prescribed benefits and incentives.

Under the bill, any public servant who violates the two-child standard will not be eligible for promotion.

As for the general public, any individual who adopts the two-child standard by undergoing a voluntary sterilization operation on himself or his spouse will benefit from the following advantages and advantages:

  • reduced rate loan for the construction or purchase of a house at nominal interest rates, as may be prescribed;
  • discount on charges for public services such as water, electricity, water, housing tax, as may be prescribed;
  • Maternity leave or, where applicable, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances;
  • three percent increase in employers’ contribution National pension fund

Special benefit for couples living below the poverty line

A couple living below the poverty line, having only one child and undergoing voluntary sterilization will be eligible for payment by the government of a single lump sum of Rs 80,000 if the unmarried child is a boy, and Rs 100,000 if he’s a girl.

Disincentives, revocation of incentives

The bill seeks to penalize those who violate two-child standards. He will understand-

  • Prohibition of the benefit of social protection schemes financed by the government,
  • Limit of ration card units up to four,
  • Other dissuasive measures which may be prescribed.

Prohibition to contest the election to the local body

Those who choose to violate the two-child standard will not be eligible to run for office in local authority or any local self-governing body.