Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday warned of the decreasing birth-death ration in the country. The youth of the country are not willing to conceive even if they get married, the news agency ANI quoted Naidu as saying.

Addressing a public gathering in Amaravati on Friday, Naidu also announced his decision to phase out the norm set by the Panchayat Act, which does not allow candidates with more than two children from contesting in local bodies’ elections.

“Nowadays, youth is reluctant to get married. Even if they get married, they don’t want to conceive. It’s horrible. You’ve to take responsibility of bearing at least one child. China’s population is decreasing. Same is the case with Japan and other European countries,” the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said.

Naidu added, “We don’t have such issue in India, but this problem may arise in future. Birth to death ratio is decreasing. We are removing the clause we set earlier that those having more than 2 kids aren’t eligible to contest in panchayat polls. We’ll encourage them even if they have four kids.”

Last year, Naidu had declared to offer incentives to couples who decide to have more than two children. In March 2016, Naidu raised a similar concern claiming that the state is bound to face stringent challenges if the educated youth choose not to give birth to children. Naidu reportedly said, “The state’s population is witnessing a down fall. It is not good for any progressive country.”

(With Agency inputs)