The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the central government on a petition seeking guidance to the center to frame rules, regulations and guidelines to effectively mitigate the problem of overpopulation. The KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy Board of Justices sought a response from the government and flagged the matter along with similar pending appeals.
The petition filed by Dandi Swami Jitendranand Saraswati, General Secretary of Achilles Bharatiya Saint Samiti, stated that the population is increasing every year but the natural resources are limited and cannot afford the ever-increasing population.
The state cannot look in another direction when there is a significant increase in unemployment and poverty, restriction of food supplies, health care facilities, etc., the Public Interest lawsuit (PIL) added.
The PIL also sought to direct the central government to put in place effective rules, regulations and guidelines in order to protect the fundamental rights of millions of citizens in India due to the problem of overpopulation.
She said that overpopulation is one of the most important factors that lead to the emergence of many serious problems that negatively affect the quality of life of millions of citizens.
The appeal also sought to direct the government to declare the first Sunday of every month as “Health Day” to spread awareness about overpopulation and the distribution of birth control pills, condoms, vaccines, etc. to the economically backward (EWS) and under poverty category. Families of the Line (BPL), and polio vaccines.
“In return, he directed the Law Commission of India to prepare a comprehensive report on population control measures within three months and submit it to the respondents (Government) for due consideration,” the appeal added.
The petitioner said he realized that “basic fundamental rights such as the right to live with human dignity, the right to clean air, the right to drinking water, the right to health, the right to shelter, the right to a livelihood, and the right to education guaranteed by the Constitution remain so elusive as Respondents did not give due consideration to the proposals made by the National Constitutional Review Commission (NCRWC) to mitigate the problem of overpopulation.”
At present, India’s population is close to 1.39 billion, which is about 17.8% of the world’s population, but India has only 2% of the agricultural land and only 4% of the world’s drinking water. In the US, 10,000 babies are born every day, while in India 70,000 babies are born every day, according to the appeal.
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