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?Population control steps should be uniform?

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here today that applying the two-child norm for panchayat representatives only was unjust, and should apply to members of State Assemblies and Parliament also.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 14:02 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here today that applying the two-child norm for panchayat representatives only was unjust, and should apply to members of State Assemblies and Parliament also.

Addressing a three-day seminar on “Population of Madhya Pradesh- 2006” at the Academy of Administration organised by Population Resource Centre here today, he said, provisions regarding population control must have uniformity.

According to an official release the Chief Minister said legal provisions were not enough to arrest population growth and maintain sex-ratio, “awareness and voluntary initiative was the key to population control”.

He said increasing population was not only a challenge but also an opportunity and increased manpower should be given a chance to actively participate in the development process.

Expressing concern over the imbalance in the State’s sex-ratio, the Chief Minister said female foeticide was a criminal act and constant monitoring would be done in the State to discourage female foeticide. Increasing population had given birth to a number of complex socio-economic problems in many countries, he added.

Minister for Public Health and Medical Education Ajay Vishnoi said the impact of methods of population control needed constant monitoring. He hoped the conclusion of seminar would help the state suitable amend its population stabilisation policy.

Academy Director-General of Mala Shrivastava welcomed the guests and threw light on the activities of the Population Resource Centre. Academy Director Madhu Handa proposed the vote of thanks.