Cong, various groups decry Manipur govt’s 4-child policy

The Manipur cabinet headed by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on October 13 has decided to restrict the number of children to four in a family to be eligible for government jobs or benefits in various schemes.

The Council of Ministers in its Thursday’s meeting approved establishing the Manipur State Population Commission.

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee Vice-President, K. Tilotama said that the Manipur cabinet’s decision to discontinue government benefits to the family having more than four children lacks sensibility and is unconstitutional.

“The BJP government’s decision was unclear and the circumstances leading to the government taking the decision are inconceivable,” she told the media.

The Congress leader said that the proposed policy would be a gross violation of the Right to Life and would deprive it of constitutional facilities and provisions.

Saying that the state government might take the decision to control the spike in population growth, she urged the government to look into the unchecked infiltration of immigrants instead of focusing on how many children a parent has.

Opposing the state government’s decision, IPAK termed the proposed policy as illogical and that it would pose serious threat to indigenous communities whose demographic figure would be reduced to a micro-level.

IPAK in a statement said that India is the second most populated country in the world and is estimated to be the most populated by the next census report.

“In India, the ratio of the Meetei population is just 0.09 per cent which can be regarded as a “micro-minority community,” the group added.

In states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, the ratio of population in the country is quite high, hence taking up family planning policies for such states is acceptable but it is unreasonable to adopt such policy in Manipur, it said.

IPAK added that while the state is facing continuous decrease of ethnic community, illegal immigrants are entering the state unabated.

So far, one-third of the total population of the state is shared by non-natives and amid this situation, taking the decision that limits families to just four children is unfortunate, it said.

“The association assumed the decision of the state cabinet as a hidden agenda to the extinct indigenous population of the state,” it asserted.

Meanwhile, the Assam government had also, more than a year ago, adopted a two-child policy which would be a criteria to get government jobs and to avail benefits from state-sponsored welfare schemes.

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