Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said the increasing population was a "hurdle in development" and that more efforts are needed to control it.
He was speaking during a function held at his official residence here on the occasion of World Population Day.
Unveiling the Uttar Pradesh Population Policy 2021-2030, Adityanath said, "Across the world, from time to time, concerns have been expressed that increasing population can be a hurdle in development, and for the past four decades discussions on it are going on."
"The countries and states which have made efforts in this direction have seen positive results. However, more efforts are needed in this regard," he said, adding that the UP government was implementing this policy keeping in mind all sections of the society.
The unveiling of the policy comes days after a draft of the population control bill was put up on the state law commission website.
The draft says it is necessary to control and stabilise the population of the state for the promotion of sustainable development with more equitable distribution.
It also says that anyone violating two-child policy in Uttar Pradesh will be debarred from contesting local bodies elections, from applying for or getting promotion in government jobs, and receiving any kind of government subsidy.
Listing incentives for public servants who adopt the two-child norm, the draft bill says, "Public servants who adopt the two-child norm will get two additional increments during the entire service, maternity or as the case may be, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances and three per cent increase in the employer's contribution fund under national pension scheme."