Betraying their frosty relations once more, the ruling JD (U) and ally BJP in Bihar are usually not of the identical thoughts on inhabitants management. And the variations are rising.
Simply days after BJP’s Bihar unit chief Dr Sanjay Jaiswal’s suggestion that the federal government, to regulate state’s inhabitants, reward these with solely two children, the ruling social gathering has accused BJP of deceptive individuals on the difficulty.
“The BJP has been giving out half-truths on the inhabitants of Bihar,” JD (U) MLC Neeraj Kumar advised The Indian Categorical on Tuesday.
Jaiswal’s demand for 25 kg free ration and Ayushman well being playing cards as an incentive to those that have solely two kids had come shut on the heels of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar rejecting outright the Centre’s plan to herald a inhabitants management regulation.
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Reiterating Nitish’s assertion that “solely schooling and consciousness” might help carry down the inhabitants, Kumar mentioned the BJP should first reply why the party-led NDA had rejected incentives to advertise the two-child norm.
“The Atal Bihari Vajpayee authorities had arrange a inhabitants management fee that really helpful giving advantages to these authorities officers who’ve not more than two kids. However the NDA authorities shot down the concept and gave desire to schooling,” Kumar mentioned.
Kumar mentioned it is usually mistaken of the BJP guilty Muslims for inhabitants progress because the distinction between Muslim and Hindu fertility price “has come down from 1.10 in 1992 to 0.36 in newest well being survey”.
“As per Nationwide Household Well being Survey, Bihar’s fertility price in 2019-21 was 2.98 towards 3.41 in 2015-16. However it’s a proven fact that in 2019-21, the fertility price dipped quickest in Bihar after Nagaland, at 0.43 towards the nationwide common of 0.20,” Kumar mentioned.
The JD (U) MLC additionally countered Jaiswal who had cited the state’s excessive inhabitants density as a justification for the inhabitants management incentives.
“Blaming excessive inhabitants density for state’s backwardness is fallacious. In spite of everything, Kerala has larger inhabitants density than Bihar and it has managed to place its fertility price in management,” he mentioned.
Aside from Jaiswal, different senior BJP leaders, equivalent to Union minister Giriraj Singh and state minister Neeraj Singh Bablu, have raised the pitch for a inhabitants management regulation moreover “some extraordinary measures” to regulate the inhabitants progress. Making a case for the “schooling and consciousness mannequin” Kumar reminded BJP how the Congress’ vasectomy drive in 1976 had failed.