A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Election Commission to India requiring all political parties to not field candidates who have more than two children and to also declare the two-child norm a mandatory criterion for government jobs, subsidies besides other measures to control population explosion.
The PIL has been filed by BJP spokesperson advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.
Upadhyay has sought direction to the Election Commission of India "to insert an additional condition- "political party shall not setup candidates, who have more than two children" in Paragraph 6A "Conditions for recognition as a State Party", Paragraph 6B "Conditions for recognition as National Party" and Paragraph 6C "Conditions for continued recognition as a National or State Party" of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968".
He has also called for direction to the Centre to "ascertain the feasibility of implementing the 24th recommendation of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution on Population Control; and, declare that State may set Two Child Norm, a mandatory criteria for government Jobs, aids and subsidies, and, may withdraw statutory rights viz. right to vote, right to contest, right to property, right to shelter, right to free legal aid etc".
Besides this, he has prayed that the first Sunday of every month be declared 'Health Day' to spread awareness against population explosion and provide contraceptive pill, condoms, vaccines etc. to EWS and BPL families, with the polio vaccine.
Upadhyay also suggests making 21 years as the legal age of marriage, irrespective of gender, and a declaration that if a male or a female has not completed 18 years of age, their marriage would be treated as void.
He stressed that "various committees and commissions have stated that Government can't secure fundamental rights viz. right to education, right to health, right to shelter, right to water, right to speedy justice, right to healthy environment, right to development, right to dignity, right to livelihood, right to live peacefully, right to equal pay for equal work, right to free legal aid etc. without taking apposite steps to control the population explosion and implementing the NCRWC recommendations".
"At present, 122 crore Indians have AADHAAR Card, around 20% viz. 25 crore citizens (particularly children) are without Aadhaar, around 04 crore Bangladeshi and 01 crore Rohingya intruders, illegally reside in India. From this, it is evident that the total population of our country is around 152 crore instead of 130 crore and we have marched much ahead of China. If we calculate natural resources, then we have only 2% of agriculture land of the total land and only 4 % drinking
water. However, our population is 20 % of the world. If we compare with China then our agricultural area is only one-third of China and the rate of population growth is three times that of China. In China 11 children are born every minute and in India 33 children are born every minute," says his PIL.
Read the Petition Here