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Assam govt planning two-child policy for jobs, social welfare schemes

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The Assam government is likely to table new legislation for a two-child policy in the next Assembly budget session that is scheduled to begin July 12.

 The state government is planning to make the two-child policy as criteria for people willing to get government jobs. The two-child policy will be also applicable to people willing to take advantage of state-sponsored social welfare schemes.

The Assam government is working on the legislation to find out ways to implement the two-child policy on government jobs, government welfare schemes, etc, but nothing has been finalized, the state’s parliamentary affairs minister Pijush Hazarika said.

He also said, “We are planning, but a lot of things need to be done. We are thinking about how it will be implemented. The population policy has already started in the state and it was implemented in panchayat elections during the tenure of the last Assam government. Now, we are planning to implement the policy in government jobs, government’s beneficiary schemes.”

“The last Assembly session was only for a vote of account because of the Assembly Election. The budget session will commence on July 12 for one month and new legislation will be tabled during the session. But, finalisation of modalities of the new legislation is yet to be done,” Hazarika said.

Two-child policy implemented in civic polls

The Assam Assembly had earlier passed the “Population and Women Empowerment Policy of Assam” in September 2017. The Assam government has already implemented the two-child norms policy in the panchayat and other local bodies’ elections under which anyone with more than two children can’t be elected or nominated.

The Assam cabinet had also decided earlier that no government jobs would be given to persons having more than two children from this year.

 

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