Assam government on Tuesday decided that people with more than 2 children won’t be qualified for government employments after January 1, 2021. This policy was first rolled out in 2017 under Health and Family Minister Himanta Biswas Sharma.

“The two-child norm will be proposed as the yardstick for any contestant to the State legislature. In case any MLA from State flouts the family planning norms i.e. MLAs having more than two children may be disqualified from his or her membership and be debarred from contesting polls,” Sarma said. “The incentives and disincentives under the policy shall be applicable only prospectively. We do not want coercive measure and our policy is different from China, which is why we have moved a resolution,” he added.

Other than putting a two-kid norm for government employment on the new job seekers, the arrangement additionally calls for severe adherence by the current government staff.

The story of populace control through family arranging is a curious case in India, which holds the qualification of being the first among the developing nations to authoritatively dispatch a family planning project as early as 1951. The first Lok Sabha had not yet been established. India elected its seventeenth Lok Sabha this year.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting, late on Monday, with an aim to check the rise in population.  A press release from chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s office said those with more than two children would not be considered for government occupations from January 1, 2021. The Cabinet also chose to give three bighas of farmland to landless indigenous people and another half bigha for the building of the house. ” This will come with a rider: a beneficiary can sell the land only after 15 years of use.

Assam isn’t the first state to have such a strategy set up. However, most of the time, the bar is on challenging the local body elections. 

The populace of Assam is 3.09 crores. Populace Density of Assam is 398 for every sq km (more prominent than that of China). The populace in Assam has become exponentially higher as compared with different states. The historical backdrop of populace development in Assam is as per the following 

2013-31.86 million 

2104-32.28 million 

2015-33.41 million 

2016-33.90 million 

2017-34.92 million 

It is unmistakably clear that the populace in Assam has been developing by a million consistently

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the 1994 Panchayati Raj Act excludes an individual with more than two children from running election. 

In Maharashtra, people having more than 2 kids are banned from contesting gram panchayat and municipal elections.

In any case, with most ministers in the legislature of Sarbananda Sonowal having a single or two kids, the approach is viewed as focusing on the Muslim populace in the north-eastern state. Going ahead on the heels of the National Citizens’ Register – and the Center’s comments on expelling illicit workers – the move is viewed as the opening of another contentious front. 

Mr Sarma didn’t dance around the issues. “Minorities are poor. They have big families and can’t meet daily expenses. It is time they are told to produce only two children,” he said.

The opposition has cautioned that the approach may backfire if it is pushed to meet the BJP’s political motivation. Many have already called attention to that while capturing the populace rise is a satisfactory objective, it is in no way, response to the issues like joblessness. 

“If they implement this in haste, without improved health and social infrastructure or education, this will be discriminatory against a particular community,” said Debabrata Saikia, the pioneer of the Opposition in the Assam get together.

Assam government workers concur. They have chosen to help the move if it helps in populace control, however, they additionally need the administration to focus on the bigger issues of the rising joblessness and pending benefits to government workers. 

“We would support the government in the move if it helps arrest population growth. But we don’t think two or three children of an employee is a big issue… there are even bigger issues like unemployment and government benefits,” said Partha Hazarika, the general secretary of the Association of Secretariat Employee

Other decisions taken by the Cabinet included increasing bus fares by 25% and giving ₹300 every month to widows under a plan named after educationist Indira Miri. The plan likewise involves a one-time grant of ₹25,000 for ladies who became widows on or after April 1.