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Two-child policy opposed.

NEW DELHI -- Voicing displeasure over a bill introduced in parliament that would limit candidates running for parliament or state legislatures to two children, the chief ministers of Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states in central India have said they would not enforce such a policy.

Six Indian states have laws mandating a two-child norm for members of village councils. Several Indian States have laws that bar families with more than two children from receiving housing loans, holding government jobs or gaining admission to public schools.

The tide may be turning against such tactics to curb population growth, however. In July while chairing a meeting of the National Commission on Population in New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that coercion of any kind to achieve population stabilization was unacceptable in a free society. Such policies have marginal impact and sometimes even cause resentment and nonacceptance, Singh told the meeting. India, with a population of 1.08 billion, has a birth rate of 1.65 percent, according to the United Nations.
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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Sep 9, 2005
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