Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged all political parties to engage in a constructive debate to gain broad political consensus on the issue of birth control amongst all section of the society. The Vice President remarked that while birth control measures are the need of the hour in the face of a spiraling population problem, some politicians feel hesitant to push the agenda since birth control is often linked to controlling the votes across communities.
The Vice President reiterated the need for introducing incentives to motivate and encourage people to adopt progressive family planning measures.
"Somehow, our politicians are also feeling a little shy about cooperation (in) family planning. Population control means votes control ho jayega, aisa bhi kuch logon ka maanna hai (Some people believe that population control may also lead to vote control)," the Vice President said at an event to launch the 'India state-level disease burden' report.
Health Minister J P Nadda was present at the event. The Vice President further stressed the need to educate people on preventive measures to check diseases and stressed on lifestyles change for better health. This, he said, was particularly important for children who remained glued to television, cinema, and the social media. Naidu emphasized that people should be educated on the benefits of family planning.
He also said many health indicators in India were poorer than those of other countries which were at a similar level of development. This implied that while significant health improvements had taken place in India, it could do better. In a word of advice to doctors, he said they should consider the "humanitarian way" of treating patients and build a healthy nation.
He called for a greater interaction between doctors and patients where physical check-ups had a bigger role to play than hi-tech tests.
Naidu said he had now retired from politics and "has nothing to do with BJP, but with JP". He was referring to minister J P Nadda, who Naidu said had done a great job in public life.