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A Bill has been moved in the Rajya Sabha by Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Anil Desai proposing the introduction of incentives to promote limiting the number of children to two per family.
In this regard, Desai has proposed that the Constitution of India of India be amended to introduced a new provision, Article 47A which will read as follows:
Desai cites the "frightening" population growth in India as the reason for proposing the amendment. He argues,
"Population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations. We have to be concerned about population explosion. The Centre as well as State Governments should launch schemes to tackle it. Our natural resources are extremely over burdened. The rate of growth of any country is directly related to size of its population.
Natural resources like air, water, land, woods etc. are subjected to over exploitation because of over population. Today, there is a greater need to keep a strong check on the increase of our population."
In view of these concerns, he calls for encouraging people to keep the family small by offering tax concessions, priority in social benefit schemes, and school admissions.
He also suggests that measures may be introduced to discourage people from having more children, by withdrawing tax concessions, imposing heavy taxes, and by making other punitive provisions for violations.
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