Congress leader Jitin Prasada, who earlier held India's rising population responsible for economic slowdown and unemployment in the country, on Wednesday asked the party workers to "mobilise" 10 families each to adopt birth control measures, stressing on the need to maintain two-child norm. Prasada also reminded the party of its Pachmarhi resolution, in which it had always pitched for maintaining the norm across the country.
"It's time to sensitise and make India aware of the need for Population control/stabilisation. It has been the part of @INCIndia Panchmarhi shivir sakalp to work towards the goal of the two-child norm," the Congress leader tweeted.
It’s time to sensitise and make India aware of the need for Population control/stabilisation. It has been the part of @INCIndia Panchmarhi shivir sakalp to work towards the goal of the two child norm. #nationalinterest— Jitin Prasada (@JitinPrasada) September 18, 2019
"To start with Congress workers should mobilise 10 families to adopt population control measures based on the two-child norm," He wrote in another tweet.
Earlier too, the Congress leader had appealed to the Centre to bring in necessary laws to restrict the country's population, adding that nationwide discussion and adequate measures are required to make the country move forward. Prasada said population was also responsible for environment change, water crisis and pressure on natural resources all over the country.
Last month, India had reported a slow GDP growth rate of 5 per cent for the first quarter of this fiscal. Sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity pulled down India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth to over six-year low of 5 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2019-20.