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2 Child Policy soon to be implemented in Assam: Norms and benefits; All you need to know

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Article by Puhar Pallab Baruah, The North-Eastern Chronicle

Visuals by: Aslam Siddique

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Basically, 2 Child-Policy is a result of population explosion, which is turning out to be a huge crisis for the world’s resources and the adverse effects are already visible through many sources including depletion of land resources, depletion of groundwater etc.

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In order to combat such issues and to keep a better future for the upcoming generations, governments over the world to take necessary measures to keep the population explosion in check.

One such measure had been taken up by the Assam Government and is soon to be implemented. The CM of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has proposed to take up the two-child policy in the state in order to keep the increasing population in check.

Also read: Assam: Two child policy begins, government to benefit those who follow population norms

However, he also stated that govt schemes, including loan waivers, will not be applicable to tea garden workers and the SC-ST community and that the benefits will be provided while taking population norms into account. The CM said that “In the future, population norms will be taken into account as eligibility for govt benefits.

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Population policy has begun,” which means that one must follow the population policy of the state in the eventual future to avail government benefits.

The CM resumed office the last month and has been advocating a two-child norm for using benefits under the government schemes. He also blamed the population explosion for illegal land encroachment and asked the minority communities to adopt proper family planning in order to control poverty and unemployment.

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The Assam Government has already barred those with more than two children from government jobs and contesting in local elections. Now through this 2 child policy, the government aims to extend its two-child policy for availing benefits under specific schemes funded by the state. Sarma also criticised the opposition for targeting the size of his parents’ family as Sarma belongs to a family of five brothers.

Pijush Hazarika, Assam’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister said, “We have already implemented the policy in case of panchayat elections but now we are extending it to state government jobs, Assam government beneficiary schemes and that’s how we will expand the policy. But the finalisation of modalities are yet to be done.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Sarma said that “There is no point in talking about what our parents did or other people did in the 1970s. The Opposition is saying these strange things and pushing us back to the 70s.” Recently Dr Sarma also came under flak from various sides owing to his comments about the Muslim community.

Also read: Child labour rises for first time in two decades: UN

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He added, “For their poverty to end, Muslim women need to be educated, the population needs to be controlled. I appeal to them to work together with us. We are there for all of you, to support women’s education and reduce poverty. But poverty will never be reduced unless you control your population.” However, despite criticisms, AIUDF MP Badruddin Ajmal met him and expressed satisfaction at the importance being given to women’s education.

Benefits of Two-Child Policy

The policy highlights two key norms for the citizens of the state: Only candidates with two children or less will be eligible for government jobs; government servants shall strictly follow the two-child norm to serve as role models for society.

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Even though these are welcome steps for controlling the population of the state, it is yet to be seen if its effects reach the farthest corners of the state and if they are followed.

Also read: Read about the prevalent gender segregation in remote villages of India! Are the people ready for any change?

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