Memorandum Submitted to Honourable
Shri Manishankar Aiyar
Union Minister of Panchayati Raj, Government of India
15 April, 2005
We are deeply disturbed by State Governments banning persons with more than two children from contesting for Panchayat elections. Enforcing a two–child norm, using coercion to lower fertility rates, imposing penalties and now banning people with more than two children from contesting Panchayat elections are unnecessary and unwarranted. Any policy or legislation that bans people with more than two children from contesting for elections is discriminatory, disempowering, and discouraging of democracy.
One, it negates the spirit ...