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Current population size of 1.37 billion, has the second largest population in the world

The proposed plan to stabilise the population in Uttar Pradesh by the Yogi Adityanath government ahead of the Assembly elections next year has received mixed reactions. This could become a major poll plank, feel poll watchers. Already the plan has triggered an intensive debate in political circles.

A proactive policy initiative to encourage people to opt for smaller families should have salutary effects, on the quality of life in general and usher in much needed socio-economic reforms. Parents with one or two children will be suitably rewarded in several ways, according to a note in circulation for discussion.

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