Amid push for a inhabitants management coverage by some BJP-ruled states, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday mentioned had the BJP not opposed the sterilisation drive within the Nineteen Seventies the inhabitants would haven’t elevated a lot.
He additionally mentioned creating public consciousness is extra vital to comprise the inhabitants development quite than enacting legal guidelines.
Speaking to reporters at Raipur airport earlier than leaving for Nagpur, Baghel additionally mentioned if the opposition events had not opposed the ‘nasbandi’ (sterilization) drive within the Nineteen Seventies (launched beneath the then Indira Gandhi authorities) the inhabitants wouldn’t have elevated a lot.
“This is similar BJP (referring to the erstwhile Bharatiya Jan Sangh) that had opposed the sterilization programme. If that drive had been carried ahead within the Nineteen Seventies, then the inhabitants wouldn’t have elevated a lot,” mentioned the chief minister.
Baghel was responding to a query on Uttar Pradesh’s draft inhabitants management invoice and a proposed formulation of a coverage on this regard in Assam — each states are dominated by the BJP.
The UP draft invoice has provisions to debar individuals who have greater than two youngsters from the advantages of presidency schemes and proposes perks to those that observe the two-child coverage.
“Within the Nineteen Seventies, then opposition events had made the inhabitants management programme the primary election problem, and due to this fact, the drive received affected,” he mentioned.
Baghel mentioned the issue of the rising inhabitants is not going to be resolved by framing legal guidelines however public consciousness is required for this objective.
“Now many households, together with the downtrodden sections, are realising the significance of getting one or two youngsters… I feel public consciousness must be created and legal guidelines shouldn’t be made just for the sake of politics”, he added.
In the identical vein, Baghel attacked the Union authorities over its “incorrect insurance policies” which he mentioned resulted in rising inflation.
“The BJP can’t perceive the pains of the frequent man. The rising inflation isn’t as a result of unavailability of commodities, quite it’s as a result of incorrect insurance policies of the Centre. They applied demonetisation, GST and (pandemic) lockdown improperly and all these measures have now resulted in rising inflation,” the Congress chief mentioned.
He additionally accused the Centre of not supplying adequate fertilizers to Chhattisgarh.