ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA-Compulsory Sterilisation Bill

tion of the "Janata" TV sets was graced by the presence of a union minister. The word "Janata" has been much used in our political parlance. Industry is beginning to adopt it with gusto and we should now be prepared to have many Janata articles appearing on the market. The question is what part of the 600 million people, of the country fall within the particular category of ''janata" to which these articles will THE Maharashtra government introduced a bill in the state assembly on March 30 to provide for forced sterilisation of certain categories of persons in the stale. The introduction of the bill came close on the heels of a resolution passed by the assembly on March 27 and the legislative council on March 26 recommending the enactment of a law for compulsory sterilisation of persons with three or more living child- rcn. In the assembly the resolution was moved by an Independent member, Navnit Barshikar, and was supported by 14 members, including five Muslim members and one Christian member belonging to the Congress party. Members belonging to the Peasants and Workers Party, Socialist Party and Shiv Sena and one Christian nominated member supported the resolution. The lone Muslim League member of the assembly, G N Banatwala, opposed the resolution. A similar resolution, moved by Jan Sangh member and leader of the opposition, Uttamrao L Patil, was unanimously adopted by the legislative council.

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