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India two-child policy gains steam amid jobs and food worries

States ready legislation as country barrels toward world population leader next year

India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh has many residents working elsewhere as migrant laborers.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- With an ever-swelling population, momentum is increasing in India for family planning measures amid heightened concerns about a lack of jobs and food for the soon-to-be most populous country in the world.

At the local level, some states are already considering draft legislation and programs.

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