After Assam & UP, Uttarakhand mulls law to curb population

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Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand government will set up a committee to look into the feasibility of rolling out a population control bill on the lines of other BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
The Pushkar Singh Dhami government is also looking at introducing a land bill to restrict outsiders from buying land in the Himalayan state.
Chief minister Dhami has said that the government will form committees to look into population control and land bills, a top source told TOI.
Recently, the Yogi Adityanath government has come up with a draft of the Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill and the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam government has also said that it will bring a population control law to stop people with more than two children from getting government benefits.
The move comes after the Dhami government has been urged to look into the possibility of introducing a Population Control Act during a recent meeting in Dehradun. The meeting was attended by BJP’s national general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh and senior RSS functionaries.
The government is also considering a strict land law. In 2003, an amendment was made to the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reform Act 1950 by the then ND Tiwari government to prevent outsiders from buying more than 500 square metres of agricultural land in Uttarakhand.
In 2007, BJP chief minister B C Khanduri reduced the area of land that could be bought in the state by the outsiders to 250 square metres. In 2018, however, the Trivendra Singh Rawat government set aside the 2003 amendment, paving the way for outsiders to buy any amount of land in the hill state.

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