Congress party's senior leader and an incumbent Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi is set to move a private member Bill in the Parliament, proposing enforcement of two-child policy across the nation in a bid to address the problem of rising population, reports Indian Express.
Singhvi, an senior lawyer in the Supreme Court, has already received President Ram Nath Kovind's permission to table The Population Control Bill, 2020. The permission was necessary given the bill has monetary implications as it proposes to enforce the two-child norm through incentives and disincentives.
According to the report, the bill calls for providing financial incentives to couples adhering to the two-child norm, setting up of a National Population Stabilisation Fund by the central government and ensuring the availability of contraceptives at reasonable rates at all-sub health centres.
It also proposes that those who do not comply with the two-child policy should be barred from contesting elections, getting promotions in government services and receiving Government subsidy, except those belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) category. The other proposal for disincentivising non-compliance includes barring them from applying for Group A jobs.