Hum do, humare ek: Health minister of Congress-led Rajasthan backs population control | India News


JAIPUR: Taking a stance contrary to Congress’s criticism of Uttar Pradesh ’s new population policy, Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma on Wednesday appeared to come out in support of the Yogi Adityanath government’s stringent proposals when he said time was ripe to replace the old slogan of “Hum do, humare do” with “Hum do, humara ek”.
“Our growing population is a matter of concern. It is high time the country thought of controlling population growth so that future generations get better education, healthcare and other facilities,” Sharma said. “I’ve been championing this cause on many platforms.”
The draft policy states that those who have more than two children will cease to be eligible for government jobs and certain other facilities. Congress and other opposition parties have attacked BJP for provisions that they claim targets minorities. Amid Sharma’s support to the population-control initiative, fellow minister and state Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra termed the UP population bill a “diversionary tactic”. He said there were more pressing issues that required the government’s attention.
Transport minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas alleged that when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi coined the slogan of “Hum do, humare do” in the 70s, RSS had opposed it. “They made it a poll issue and the policy wasn’t allowed to be implemented. They won an election playing on the issue.” He said had the policy been implemented then, the population of the country would not have swelled to 1.3 billion.

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