A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the central government to frame effective rules and guidelines to control population explosion in the country. Firoz Bakht Ahmed, the petitioner, has argued that population explosion is the root cause of more than 50 per cent of problems in India, reported Live Law.
Ahmed is a grandnephew of India’s first education minister Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad and is the Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. He urged the top court to give directions to the Centre in spirit of the 24th recommendation of National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (Justice Venkatchaliah Commission).
Directions should be given to the Centre to ascertain the feasibility of making ‘Two-Child Law’ as criteria for government jobs, aids and subsidies, right to vote, right to contest elections, right to property, right to free shelter etc, the petitioner appealed to the court.
"The government should declare first Sunday of every month as Health Day in place of Polio Day to spread awareness on population explosion and provide contraceptive pill, condoms, vaccines, etc to EWS and BPL families, with polio vaccines," the PIL, filed through advocate Ashutosh Dubey, further said.
The PIL has also sought directions to the Law Commission of India to prepare a comprehensive report on population explosion within three months and suggest the ways to control it.
“It is essential that a concerted and holistic approach is adopted for population control instead of stand-alone, sporadic one,” the petitioner argued.