If you care for India, the quality of lives we lead, the resources we share and what our future holds; both for us as a citizen and as a nation; sign this petition right now!
Let’s face it - we are 1.34 billion people and counting. The United Nations forecasts India's population could surpass that of China's around 2024 and is projected to touch 1.5 billion in 2030. Times Higher Education recently asked 50 Nobel laureates from across the world to identify the single biggest problem, planet Earth is facing. And guess what- majority recognized growing population as the single biggest threat!
Another global voice, Stephen Hawking cautioned “the planet is heating up. Earth’s population is expanding at an exponential rate, and the natural resources vital to our survival are running out faster than we can replace them with sustainable alternatives”. At this rate he said, we might have to abandon planet Earth!
According to MedIndia and Census 2011 data, around 50 births take place each minute in India. Approx 17.85 per cent of the people in the world are Indians. “Even though evidence from India’s last census in 2011, confirmed by data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS -4), shows that fertility in India is fast approaching replacement levels (means that new children born will essentially replace their number to stabilize the population), the total population of India will still grow” writes Diego Palacios, Country Representative – India for the United Nations Population Fund. With 365 million (10-24years old) already in, or soon to enter, their reproductive ages, this youth bulge as it is referred to, is set to drive the population growth over the next decade. Another significant fact to be noted is the absolute addition point when it comes to growing population. Consider this: even when decadal growth was highest at 24.8% in the decade 1961-71, the absolute addition (increase in number of people) to the population was only 10 crores. While the critics may be basking in the glory that this decadal growth has now reduced to 17.6%, the absolute addition to the population is 80% higher i.e. 18.2 crores. The problem is huge and epidemic in proportion.
The devastating effects of this rapidly growing population are centred around employment, education and healthcare. We believe that the burgeoning population is like a ticking time bomb. While our resources are limited, our land area remains the same, where and how are we going to cope with these rapidly growing numbers of people? Experts predict an acute shortage of drinking water, pollution levels that may make life impossible among the many impacts in years to come.
To address this issue, Taxab, an independent advocacy group of law-abiding tax payers, has embarked on Mission Population Control through its Movement #Bharat4PopulationLaw. Over the years, population control measures have largely focused on advocacy for family planning and behaviour change. While we acknowledge that these are important and cannot be replaced, time has now come when we need to take swifter and more definitive steps alongside what is already being done.
Hence we petition the Government of India to consider a law for population control. While existing behaviour change efforts must also continue in parallel, Taxab feels that a law will provide mitigation efforts the necessary mechanism to curb the population. Having said that, the law needn’t necessarily be a just a crackdown or dis-incentive. Alternately, Taxab believes that it could provide life-changing incentives to those who abide by it.
Now, here is where we need your help. We need to reach these thoughts across to the Government of India to kick start the change process. We need your support in large numbers for this.
Join hands with Taxab and support our Mission Population Control #Bharat4PopulationLaw. It is for us, each of us and our revered nation that we need to do this. The momentum this campaign for the law for population control gains will determine how loudly we are heard.
We are thankful to all those who have extended their support until now. We need many more of you to come forward. So, make this your decisive step towards nation building. Sign the petition now!