I read somewhere that the 8th billionth child will be born on November 15, 2022. And India is expected to beat China demographically in 2023. In recent years, India’s contribution to global population growth is extremely commendable. We are contributing more than China over the past decades. Next year, China will be number two and India will be number one in terms of human resources. China will be below India – Ha, Ha.
Manipur, as part of India, also contributes its share of population. When we beat China, no one can ignore our contribution. Only UP or Bihar cannot take credit. We are also one of the largest contributors (in terms of ratio). A leader claims that there was a population growth of 153% in the hills of Manipur from 1971 to 2001 and increased to 250% between 2001 and 2011. This type of population growth may not have ever produced in the history of mankind. Such overwhelming population growth would be an interesting area of study for researchers. Malthus’ geometric growth was badly traumatized here.
Thomas Malthus, an English economist, believed that rapid population growth would exceed the food supply (resources) and therefore, no improvement of the human species is possible without strict limits on reproduction. I think our state government may be under the influence of Malthus Saab; the government therefore wants to control the population based on the food or resources available.
So a few days ago he made an exciting decision that if you have four children you will be deprived of the benefits of government programs and jobs. This decision was taken during the Council of Ministers held last Friday. The decision may have been made to strengthen the economy.
Currently, many politicians and leaders have an average of 3 children; I’m talking about the current situation. The majority of them have 3 or 4 children; which means they are in the safe zone; in other words, they will be able to enjoy the benefits of all government plans and programs, including jobs. A prominent government minister has made a statement saying that if a man produces more than four children, no government benefits will be given to him or his family.
To control the enormous population growth, such a measure is taken; it is a good measure and it is really appreciated in various circles. But the question is, can we really punish the children for the follies of the parents, if we have to deprive the whole family of government benefits, for not keeping up with the state population standard?
‘Hum do aur Hamare do’ has been a family planning policy for years. It is not compulsory for a couple to have only two children. However, accepting this Indian government policy has many advantages. Those who have undergone a family planning operation (wife or husband) if he is a state employee, he gets an additional increase. Maternity or paternity leave is only granted for up to two children. For the third child, you do not benefit from paternity or maternity leave. Even in schools, sibling admission benefits are not extended beyond two.
China, which is the largest country demographically, had the one-child family standard – adopted and enforced for years. As they started to deal with the problem of an aging population a few years ago in 2016, they changed their policy – allowing standards for two children; maybe their latest policy allows up to 3 kids per couple.
Our National Population Policy (NPP) 2000 envisions meeting needs for contraception, health care infrastructure and health personnel, and providing integrated service delivery for basic reproductive and child health care .
The medium-term objective of the NPP is to reduce the total fertility rate. The long-term objective is to achieve a stable population by 2045, at a level compatible with the requirements of sustainable economic growth.
Perhaps in view of the NPP, the State Cabinet had also taken the decision to establish the State Population Commission. It can also be a resolution of a private member passed by consensus in the State Assembly on population control. This private MP resolution was introduced by Kh Joykisan (MLA) who had raised the issue of the huge jump in population especially in the hills.
Prof. Rakesh Sinha, BJP Rajya Sabha MP and RSS ideologue introduced a similar private member’s bill in Parliament a few months ago, on population regulation and also to incentivize small families. Perhaps Shri Biren is on the same page – however, incitement and affirmative action must be acceptable to all. Again, if this policy is implemented retrospectively (although bad in law), we will certainly get additional government jobs. No kidding.
In order to control the population explosion, such a policy is formulated. Logically it is a good step to face the extraordinary demographic growth but is it constitutionally tenable, in particular within the framework of government jobs? A question is running through my mind. Can we prevent a citizen’s fifth child from applying for a government job?