Private Member’s Bill Calls For Two-Child Norm

By Moderator July 13, 2019 12:58

A nominated MP Rakesh Sinha introduced a private member’s Bill in the Rajya Sabha, seeking to enforce a two-child norm by giving incentives for those adopting the small family practice and penalties for those contravening it.

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  • The Population Regulation Bill, 2019, to enforce a two-child norm introduced by Rakesh Sinha in the Upper House
  • India is expected to become the most populated country by 2050. The Bill is intended to create a balance between people and the resources, human resources as well as natural resources

Key suggestions

  • People with more than two living children should be “disqualified” from being chosen as an MP, MLA or a member of anybody of the local self-government after the commencement of the Act.
  • Government employees should give an undertaking that she or he will not procreate more than two children.
    • It says those government employees who have more than two children on or before the commencement of the Act should be exempted.
  • Reduction in subsidies on loans and interest rates on savings instruments, reduction in benefits under the public distribution system, and higher than normal interest rates for availing loans from banks and financial institutions.

Private member’s bill

  • A Member of the Parliament who is not a Minister (i.e. not a member of the Government) is regarded as a Private Member.
  • A Bill introduced in either house of Parliament by any such Member of Parliament is called a Private Members’ Bill;
    • Bills introduced by Ministers are called Government Bills.
  • In India, usually, alternate Friday afternoons during session time (generally between 2 pm and 6 pm) are reserved for discussions on Private Members’ Bills.
  • PMBs are drafted by MPs themselves, or their offices, and are checked for legal consistency by the Parliament Secretariat.
    • Only 14 PMBs have become law since India’s independence, the last being passed in 1970.
    • More recently, The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 introduced by Mr. Tiruchi Siva was passed in the Rajya Sabha after a gap of 45 years since the passing of the last PMB.


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