On the lines of Uttar Pradesh, the sound of new population law in Uttarakhand
New Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that the BJP government in the state will “very soon take a decision on implementing a population control law”.
In an exclusive conversation with PRESS24 NEWS correspondent Nitin Srivastava, he also emphasized that his government will take a decision on a land law and other matters after consultation amongst themselves.
He said that he will not work with any prejudice about changing the old decisions, but steps will definitely be taken for that which will be in the interest of the people of Uttarakhand and the state.
On whether or not the annual Kanwar Yatra, starting from Uttarakhand, would happen or not, amidst the dangers of corona pandemic and virus-infection, his reply was, “It is a matter of faith of crores of people. But people’s health interests are paramount and no one’s life.” Should not be in danger. Our first priority is to save lives and if it has to be stopped then a decision will be taken. But after talking to all the states.”
It is worth noting that the BJP government in Uttarakhand was heavily criticized, as cases of corona infection were registered across the country after the organization of Haridwar Kumbh and since then.
The then Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had also exempted the devotees from the RTPCR test for Kovid-19. Experts say that many pilgrims who returned from remote mountainous areas with less population to other cities were found infected.
While the number of people visiting the state during the month of Kumbh was said to be 70 lakh, in the annual Kanwar Yatra from Haridwar, more than two crore people return to their respective states within two weeks. .
The BJP has termed the selection of Pushkar Singh Dhami, who was twice elected from Khatima assembly constituency, as “giving the reins in the hands of the youth”. By the way, Dhami is the third BJP Chief Minister of the state in the last four months and just before that, the tenure of Tirath Singh Rawat was only four months.
Although Dhami is the 11th Chief Minister in the 21-year history of Uttarakhand and when asked how the party will be able to deny that there is a lack of leadership in the upcoming elections and has he been fielded only for damage control? His reply was, “I had absolutely no idea in advance that I had been selected.”
He said, “It is sure that the Chief Minister has been changed many times but whoever is given the responsibility, all the people work together around him. And I do not consider the short tenure of former Chief Ministers as a challenge because BJP is the largest party in the world. And the whole family is there. After the Modi government came to the center, work has also been done in Uttarakhand.”
population control law
Pushkar Singh Dhami is the first Chief Minister to talk about population law in the state and his statement will prove to be important because the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh has recently decided to implement the ‘two child policy’ for population control amid opposition from the opposition. The matter has been said.
Earlier, the BJP government in Assam has also implemented a similar policy. After Assam, now the Law Commission of UP has prepared a draft of the ‘Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill’ which has come into the limelight.
The draft recommends that violators of the ‘two children policy’ will not be allowed to participate in the local body elections. They should be banned from applying for government jobs and getting promotions. They did not get the benefit of any subsidy from the government.
Uttarakhand and Land Law
The demand for a land law protecting the agricultural land of the local people, issued for the past several years in the state of Uttarakhand, has in fact become more widespread after the outbreak of the corona virus.
Many leaders of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) have also raised the demand for inclusion of Uttarakhand Land-Law in Article 371 and to consider those who resided before the year 1980 as the original residents of Uttarakhand.
Between Kovid-19 and the subsequent two lockdowns, many social and youth groups in the state have launched a campaign on social media against the fact that “outsiders have made big profits in the name of tourism and business in the quiet and beautiful hilly areas of Uttarakhand”. By buying land, the local people have been kept aside.
Speaking on this matter, Pushkar Singh Dhami said, “There is talk of law like land law or population. Whatever is in the interest of Uttarakhand, they will do it. There are not only one or two issues, whatever things we will talk to people- Will discuss and find a solution.”
The issue of land law has also gained momentum because people have started buying small and big plots in agricultural land by moving from big cities to the mountains after the lockdown.
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