Reacting to an announcement that the Center may pass a law to control the population, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday that birth rates could be better controlled by educating women and girls rather than by enacting laws.
Kumar made the remark here in response to questions from reporters asking for his opinion on Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel’s recent statement in Raipur that a population control law will soon be introduced by the central government.
Making a law for population control will do no good at all… Population control can only be achieved by educating women and girls. The fertility rate can only be controlled through education and awareness, he said during his weekly awareness programme.
Kumar said the fertility rate in Bihar had fallen to 3% from around 4% previously. “This has all happened because of our consistent efforts to educate women and girls in the state. I hope this will further decrease to 2% over the next four to five years.
He cited the example of China where the one-child policy had been in vogue for many years. “The policy has now gone from one to two children,” Kumar added.
Bihar is the third most populous state in the country and the most densely populated.
Asked to comment on the suicide of five family members in Samastipur district on Sunday, Kumar said it was “very tragic” and relevant departments are already investigating the incident. Preliminary investigation into the incident revealed that the family was in debt.
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