Sunday: As per PTI reports, the Assam govt has drafted a population policy with a proposal of preventing people with more than two children from working in govt jobs.
The draft also suggests to prevent people with a history of child marriage from entering services.
In a press conference held in Guwahati, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said “This is a draft population policy. We have suggested that people having more than two children will not be eligible for any government job,”
“Any person engaged in government service will have to follow this rule till the end of his tenure,”
“The two-children norm will also be applicable if a person wants to avail of tractors, homes and other government benefits. Besides, all elections such as panchayats, municipal bodies and autonomous councils held under the State Election Commission will make this norm mandatory for candidates,” Sarma said.
Sarma, who is also the education minister, said that he wanted to give free education to all girls up to the university level. “We want to make all facilities free, including fees, transportation, books and mess charges. This will arrest the school dropout rate,” he added. The policy would also incorporate stringent laws to prevent violence and sexual abuse of women, he said.